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GUWAHATI: Flood situation in Assam worsened on Tuesday with the number of those affected going up to 81,026 from 64934 on Tuesday.
The floods, which started two days ago, have hit nine districts in the state. Lakhimpur is the worst affected district with a total of 28000 being victimised so far.
Incessant rains for a prolonged period in the district and in the neighbouring hills of Arunachal Pradesh have increased the water levels of all major rivers of Lakhimpur flowing above danger levels in several places. As all the big and small rivers of Lakhimpur district originate inside the hills of the Arunachal Pradesh, heavy rains there and here on the plains have contributed for the spate in the rivers.
According to district Water Resources Department, the rivers of Dikrong, Pabha and Kakoi have been flowing over the danger level since 3 pm of Sunday. It may be mentioned that Dikrong River has to bear an additional amount of water released from NEEPCO's hydroelectric power plant over Ranganadi river at Yazali, Arunachal Pradesh.
On the other hand, Ranganadi river is flowing almost on the danger level by late last night near NH-15 following the release of sluice gate No. 4 of the NEEPCO's dam. Similarly, the biggest river in Lakhimpur, Subansiri is flowing dangerously at Ghancharai region of the district.
In Tezpur, the flood water of major tributaries of river Brahmaputra including Gabharu, Sopia, Chatrang, Solengi, Brahmajan, Dipota, Jorakhar, Jiabharali, and Gorjuli in Sonitpur have inundated many places including the human habitation.
At present, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat district and Jia Bharali at NT Road in Sonitpur according to reports available with the Assam state disaster management authority. The death toll has risen up to two so far. Fresh casualties have been reported so far on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, more than thousands of flood victims have staged mass protest in various parts of Lakhimpur district in Upper Assam against the inefficiency of Assam government to control flood. Lakhimpur is the worst affteced district with two deaths so far.
People blocked roads in different parts of Lakhimpur, one of the worst affected district and vented their anger against the government.
So far, two deaths have been reported from Lakhimpur district.