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Rains spark flash flood fears in Assam
Published on 18 Jun. 2009 12:04 AM IST
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Memories of last year’s devastating flash floods still fresh in their minds, the inhabitants of Lakhimpur district in Eastern Assam are spending many a sleepless night since the rains began. Hundreds of families in at least 25 villages under Naoboicha circle have already been hit by the first round of floods caused by the rise in the waterlevel in the Singra river since Sunday. While officials of the Water Resources Department (the erstwhile Flood Control Department) are working round the clock to plug the gaps, an effort which should have begun immediately after last year’s devastation. The Dikrong, Doprang and Pichala rivers have also overflown and inundated about 20 villages in the district since Monday. Incessant rains in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh have added to the intensity of the flooding. “The losses we suffered last year were irreparable. But what is more appalling is that the government did precious little to address our problems,” said Dhrubajyoti Bhuyan, who heads a group of fish-farmers at Panigaon near here.

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