NEEPCO water-release creates flash flood

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Rain, floods lash KA, Dima Hasao

HT Bureau

DIPHU/ KHERONI/ HAFLONG, May 27: Amid COVID-19 lockdown, incessant rainfall for the past four days have caused severe floods in three districts of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.

The excess water released from NEEPCO-run Umrangso dam project created flash flood in various low lying areas of West Karbi Anglong since Tuesday night forcing Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) chief executive member Tuliram Ronghang to review the situation with MAC Chandra Br Chetri and Veterinary & Diary Dev. Board chairman Ditolal Hasnu on Wednesday.

The water level of by Kopili River is also flowing above the danger mark due to continuous rainfall for the past three days.

More than 38 villages in West Karbi Anglong are under flood water. The worst affected villages are: Menmeji, Deramukh, Lalmati, Chitolijan, Kollongamukh, Bithung Sapori, Mugasong, Hatimura, Taradubi, Namtaradubi, Barman Gaon, Gondabil, Jalpara, Wakanta, Rengthama No 9, Rengthama No 10, Chongkan, East Bhellapara, Kulaigroup, Sildubi, Satgaon and Middle Rongkhang.

Some of the villagers have shifted to safer places on Tuesday night seeing the prevailing flood situation.

The affected people have taken shelter at embankment road and some on village road.

Many families have been rendered homeless as excess water released from Umrangso dam created heavy floods in Dima Hasao district.

Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy rainfall caused severe damages in roads and highways of the district.

According to the report, 300 families of Kheroni Nepali Basti and Athasu were affected in the flood. The flood also affected more than 700 families at and Maimaru in Hojai district.

In Dima Hasao district, the flood water of Diyung River  submerged a vast area of Diyungbra disrupting road communication with the rest of the district.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred on Tuesday night triggered landslides in many places of the district.

The district administration has alerted people to avoid night movement. The NEC road Lanka-Umrangso road has been damaged due to the flood.

The flood water caused massive destruction in Bithung Rengthama low laying area in West Karbi Anglong. The water level of Amreng River is risen very rapidly causing flood. The water of both the rivers have submerged villages. The residents of submerged homes have no option but to shift to higher ground taking along necessary household goods and cattle. The flood water is flowing over roads.

However the rivers in Karbi Anglong including Kolioni, Deopani, Dhansiri, Numbor, Chomna or Jamuna, and Deikrung have not flooded its banks.

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