Assam Floods: CM asks NEEPCO not to release water from Ranganadi dam

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The flood situation instead of approving has continued to remain grim on Thursday, with more than 24,000 people being affected in three districts, officials said.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), flood situation has remained unchanged during the last 24 hours with 24,226 people of 35 villages affected across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Biswanath districts.

The CM held a review meeting with officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), NHPC and district administration in Lakhimpur on Thursday to take stock of flood preparedness.

Sonowal has urged officials to work as a team under the DC and ensure expedient disbursement of aid and compensation and has asked the state owned power utility NEEPCO not to release water from its Ranganadi dam without warning.

A release from the CM’s Office said, “In view of the deluge in Lakhimpur district created by sudden release of excess water by NEEPCO from its Ranganadi dam during previous years, Sonowal strongly warned the NEEPCO authorities not to repeat the mistake this year.”

The flood has claimed lives of 34 people till date in the state.

The ASDMA report said, Lakhimpur is the worst affected district with more than 16,600 sufferers, followed by Dhemaji with over 6,000 people affected in the deluge.

The CM also said that lack of planning on the NEEPCO’s part in making the dam incapable of holding much water results in inundation of Lakhimpur till October-November every year.

He said the NEEPCO authorities should be “prepared for paying for the losses of the people affected by flood caused by Ranganadi dam’s water in the coming days”.

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