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GUWAHATI: 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.
People blocked road in different parts of Lakhimpur, one of the worst affected district and vented their anger against the government.Heavy rain has been lashing this region for the last one week and one person has been swept away in flood water in Lakhimpur and with this the death toll has gone up to two.
Incessant rains for a prolonged period in the district and in the neighbouring hills of Arunachal Pradesh has 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 has been flowing over the danger level since 3 pm of Sunday and 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.
As per the reports of Assam State Disaster Management Authority, a total of 64934 people are affected in 113 villages across Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari and Goalpara districts. Lakhimpur district bore the brunt with over 25,000 persons being affected followed by Sonitpur with more than 19,000.