NEEPCO dam water cause floods in Lakhimpur, NH in pathetic condition

The national highway 15 connecting North Lakhimpur with the rest of Assam was left in a pathetic condition as flood waters wiped off part of the road near Pahumara.

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Release of excess water from 405 MW Ranganadi Hydro-Electrical Power plant by North East Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) at Yazali in Arunachal Pradesh led to flash floods in the lower areas near Pahumara in Lakhimpur. The release left the Ranganadi River overflowing with an alarming speed.

According to the district disaster management authority, NEEPCO released 3500 mm of water through its Gate No 1, 5000 mm water through Gate No 3 and 2000 mm water through its Gate No 5 at 3.30 pm on Sunday. The situation was such that the national highway was blocked due to the flash flood.

In Bihpuria, the dam induced flood water of Dikrong inundated 18 villages stretching from Badatighaat to West Laluk in Bihpuria revenue circle area.

Continuous rain in the region has also increased the threat to the Bihpuria road which was breached in 1998. Any breach of the road could leave more than 150 village cut-off from the district headquarters.

Image Credits: Sashank Chakraborty.