Lower Assam on flood alert after Bhutan releases excess water

Guwahati: Five flood-prone districts in lower Assam on Tuesday were put on alert following the release of excess water from the Kurichhu hydropower plant dam in Bhutan.

The Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC), a hydroelectric power company in Bhutan, which runs the 60MW Kurichhu power plant in eastern Bhutan, has released more than 1,500 cubic metres of excess water per second for six hours.

Since the excess water released from the dam flows down to neighbouring districts in Assam, district administrations in these flood-prone areas have alerted residents and are closely monitoring the situation.

The excess water released from the dam causes seven major rivers including Beki, Manas and Aie to swell, which in turn impact the districts of Nalbari, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang and Bongaigaon.

Speaking to EastMojo, Baksa Deputy Commissioner Aayush Garg said, “As of now, we don’t have any impact. We are monitoring the situation closely. We have been informed by ASDMA on Kurichhu discharge and things are under control.”

The district officials are on high alert on the bank of River Beki and have informed the residents of likely emergencies. “We have kept our circle officer and sub-divisional officer (civil) in the area on watch,” Garg added.

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In Barpeta district, the administration is closely monitoring the situation and has informed residents to be on alert.

“As of now, Barpeta district isn’t impacted. We are closely monitoring. I have instructed the circle officers and I’m in close talks with them,” Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Tej Prasad Bhusal to EastMojo.

“There is no impact as such because the water level is already low. We are not expecting a flood-like situation but I’m keeping a close watch,” Bhusal added. 

The flood situation in Assam is reported to be under control on Tuesday, as per the state government’s Flood Reporting and Information System (FRIMS). Only parts of two districts, Golaghat and Sonitpur, have reported flood-like incidents.

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