After excessive water was released by NEEPCO dam last week, a vast area of Golaghat district inundated by heavy flood which killed three people and caused damage worth crores of rupees.
People are emptying household goods from their houses amid flood water at Kathkotia village, Golaghat.
By Mithu Das August 5, 2018
“I haven’t seen such devastating flood in my life,” said Asiq Haque, 16, with whom I met at Kathkotia village where I’d gone to visit the flood-hit area (on 2nd August, 2018). We were Standing knee-deep on the flood water which was fast flowing over the road in the middle of the village. Everything was under water—the houses, the newly sown rice paddy fields, the vegetable gardens, pastures, the roads and footbridges. Even the Dhansiri river—which flows near the village—disappeared into the horizon after it had mixed itself with muddy water.
“This is not the first time the Dhansiri has in full flood,” I told Asiq. “Golaghatians (people of Golaghat) had seen such heavy flood in the mid-nineteen-eighties, which was, ironically, not man-made—like this one. This devastating flood we’ve witnessed today is a result of NEEPCO’s decision to release excessive water from Doyang Hydroelectric Project dam.”
According to various news reports, Doyang Hydroelectric Project dam, which is situated in the hills of Wokha district in Nagaland, had opened their sluice gates last weekend (between 28th and 31st July, 2018). But as soon as the excessive water was released, it had directly struck dozens of villages on the banks of the Doyang river. The following day, the whole scenario of a vast land, which is spreaded over hundreds of kilometres on the banks of the Dhansiri river—from Uriamghat to Bokakhat—had completely changed. Hundreds of villages were submerged under water; thousands of people were forced to leave their houses; acres and acres of paddy fields were destroyed; cattle and farm animals were swept away; and, in many places, it was reported, the flood water flowed over the roads, destroying footbridges and leaving people stranded for hours and hours. Within two days, according to local newspapers, three people were killed by this devastating flood.
Although Golaghat, my hometown, which is situated near the Dhansiri river, was not directly affected by this flood, but some of its adjoining places were. Moinapara, Halmira and Kathkotia were a few among these places. Taking a camera with us, we’d visited each place to record the destruction caused by this devastating flood.
What NEEPCO says
In a statement issued by NEEPCO on 6th August 2018, which was published by several newspapers in Assam, NEEPCO said that due to the rains in the hills, which had continued for several days, the water level was rapidly increasing in Doyang Hydroelectric Project dam. However, District Administrator and District Disaster Management Authority of Golaghat were regularly being informed about the increasing water level. Unfortunately, by 25th July 2018, the water level in the dam reached 325 metres against its capacity of 324 metres. On the same day, said NEEPCO, government officials of Wokha and Golaghat district were informed about their plan to release the excessive water from the dam. And, on 27th July, at 5:30pm, the sluice gate of the dam was finally released. By 31st July, however, the water released from the dam picked up a speed of 1150 cubic metre per second, which, according to NEEPCO, was abnormally higher than previously recorded.
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