Diphu: A woman was swept away by the high current while crossing the Difloo river in Dolamara area of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Lodep Rongpharpi, a resident of Dolamara area of the district.
As per sources, the incident took place when a married couple, Sing Ronghang and his wife Lodep Rongpharpi, were returning home from their paddy fields. While they were crossing the river, they were swept away by the high current of the river around 5.30 on Sunday evening.
While Sing Ronghang managed to escape, his wife, Lodep Rongpharpi, was swept away by the river.
Eyewitnesses informed this correspondent that they saw Lodep’s body being swept away but could not rescue her as the river current was very strong.
Water levels of many rivers and streams in state, including Difloo, have risen due to incessant rainfall in the region over the past few days.
Following the incident, villagers of the locality conducted an overnight search operation in the entire region towards the downstream of the river to find Lodep’s body but were not successful.
The the officer-in-charge of Dolamora police station, Dhrubojyoti Borah, has requested the authorities in the State Disaster Respond Force (SDRF) to carry out search operations.
Meanwhile, SDRF personnel along with the help of local villagers are still carrying out search operations for the missing woman.
Raising concern over the safety of villagers, including school children who need to cross the river every day in order to reach their respective destination, locals of Difluso Ronghang village urged the state government to construct a bridge over the Difloo river at the earliest.
“Water level of the river rises with high currents every monsoon and it becomes a matter of risk for all of us to commute. We don’t want anything else but a bridge over Difloo river to end our woes,” an elderly villager said.