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Rising water of Subansiri posing threat to Lakhimpur villages

Massive erosion by Subansiri river at Bhimpora in Lakhimpur district. – Photo: North Lakhimpur Correspondent
 NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 6 - Incessant rain in Lakhimpur and neighbouring hills of Arunachal Pradesh has raised the water level of all the rivers in the district during the last week.

The rising water of Subansiri river has been overflowing its banks, which has inundated a vast area under Telahi Development Block of the district. Villages like Moroliya, Kambong, Sanong, Jogibari, Boralimora, Pathorichuk under Lohit-Khabalu Gaon Panchayat have been inundated by the overflowing water of Subansiri affecting crop land.

The same river is also eroding land on its right hand bank at places under North Lakhimpur and Kadam Revenue Circle. The river is causing massive erosions near Na-Ali ferry ghat area posing a threat to the Bhimpora embankment. This time the erosion by Subansiri is taking place just 150 metres away from the Bhimpora embankment.

Meanwhile, the slow pace of protection work on the Ranganadi bank has evoked concern among the villagers as the monsoon season is fast approaching. The embankment work from zero point to 1740 metres on the right hand bank of the river has not been completed yet. The work of laying geo-mates has not been started on the Rupohijan area of the Ranganadi embankment work. Filling of the geo-mates with earth has not been completed in Singimari area of Deobeel. Same is the case in villages like Bishnupur, Salmari where the geo-mates are yet to be laid.

Villagers on the either side of Ranganadi river have observed the accumulation of mud and silt during the last two months following the release of sediment to the river by North East Electrical Power Corporation’s Ranganadi hydroelectric power plant dam at Yazali, Arunachal Pradesh. This deposits of silt has already increased the height of the river bed of Ranganadi posing a threat to its riverine population in Lakhimpur.

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