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As Arunachal Pradesh opens the Ranganadi dam, 76 villages in Assam drowns

Heavy rains overflowing rivers compelled Neepco authorities at Yajuli to open three gates of the Ranganadi dam on Thursday.

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have experienced heavy rainfall lately due to which they had to open the Ranganadi dam. The release of dam water has submerged 76 villages in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, impacting nearly 25,000 people, and damaging 3,560 hectares of standing crop.

Neepco authorities at Yajuli in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh were compelled to open three gates of the Ranganadi dam on Thursday as the river was overflowing.

The Lakhimpur district administration had alerted people to be cautious but not panic over the release of excess water from Ranganadi reservoir on Thursday evening.

The release of dam water in March last year, had resulted in the Ranganadi wreaking havoc in 220 villages, breaching embankments at Amtola and near Lakhimpur.

Over 1L people affected

Over one lakh people have been affected by the heavy rains and flash floods in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Ferry services in Assam, where six districts experienced flash floods, have been stopped due to the rising river waters. Assam’s Dhemaji district, known for its perennial floods, has 173 flooded villages, with 47,471 affected people. Nearly 7,108 hectares of standing crop have been damaged. The district administration has opened three relief camps where 805 inmates have taken shelter.

A portion of bridge number 693 over Jiadhal river between Dhemaji and Bordoloni stations has been washed away. Eight trains have been short terminated or cancelled, said the Northeast Frontier Railways.

One dead, three missing in Arunachal Pradesh

In Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar, incessant rain since Thursday has caused heavy flash floods resulting in a child’s death and three people missing. Three more people have died in the state due to floods and landslides.

Early on Friday, a landslide blocked roads in the Papum Pare district. A Tata Sumo with 10 passengers was buried under the landslide, reportedly. However, all 10 have been rescued. Many spots at the Yupia-Potin Trans-Arunachal Highway have been blocked due to the landslides.

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