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Villages under threat from rising river waters

The rising water level of the Puthimari river, as seen on Saturday. – Photo: Rangiya Correspondent
 RANGIYA, May 23 - Following incessant rainfall over the last two days, the water level of the Puthimari river has been rising above the danger level, thereby posing serious threat to hundreds of people on both banks.

Several villages, including Mashukucki, Hahara, Nakul, Khoirabari, Kekerikuchi are located on the both sides of the Puthimari river.

Due to the rising water level and the strong current, a dilapidated wooden bridge at Kekerikuchi village near Puthimari is also under threat. The bridge is the only mode of communication for people from both sides. The rising river water has worsened the condition as deposits on the wooden pillars of the bridge are posing a threat of it being washed away.

A little further from the wooden bridge lies an under-construction RCC bridge, whose loose materials are also being carried away by the water current, and are getting deposited at the wooden bridge.

People from the nearby villages have come out to clear the deposits, with a view to save the wooden bridge even at the risk of their own lives. The people have now urged the PWD to take early action before the bridge is washed away.

ANN Service from Goreswar adds: Several villages in Tamulpur civil subdivision in Baksa district, like Niz-kasula, Chenigaon, Gandhibari, Nagrijuli, Kauli and Kumarikata, have been flooded following incessant downpour for the past few days.

Residents of several villages have been forced to set up temporary shelters on high land after floodwaters entered their houses and farmland. The water levels of the Puthimari and Barnadi rivers flowing through Tamulpur subdivision have crossed the warning mark.

As per information received here, the river water levels here have increased due to heavy rainfall in the hills of neighbouring Bhutan for the last several days. Bhutan releases water from the Kurishu dam into the Puthimari and Barnadi rivers, posing serious threat to the Tamulpur civil subdivision area.

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