The flood situation in Golaghat district of Assam remained grim for the fifth day on Saturday. Over one lakh people have been affected in the current flood which has been regarded as one of the worst flood experienced by locals in last 30 years.
Death toll due to flood in the district rose to five on Saturday with recovery of a person’s body. The man was washed away by gush of floodwater near Doyang in Assam – Nagaland border.
Flood affected people who have taken shelters in relief camps , schools, public places blamed NEEPCO ( North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd) for the flood fury in Golaghat district. Flood affected people alleged that NEEPCO without informing Golaghat district administration released excess waters from dams of its Doyang hydropower project which is located in hilly areas of bordering Nagaland states. The result of releasing NEEPCO’s excess water from dams triggered flash flood in downstream Golaghat district.
Flood affected people have setup makeshift shelters on NH – 37 and other state PWD roads. District administration has set up relief camps for flood affected people. SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) and NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) personnel were put into service to rescue marooned people.
The district’s Numaligarh, Khumtai , Sarupathar and Merapani revenue circles have been affected in the current flood, which was triggered from incessant rains in the eastern Assam and neighboring hilly state of Nagaland .