The North Eastern Electric and Power Corporation (NEEPCO) on October 8th, 2019, released water from Umrong dam of the Kopili Hydroelectric Project at Umrangso through three gates in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. The released water engulfed the maximum portion of the region and adjacent areas. As per information, the water rose upto 500-meter height and also caused massive landslide at the nearby hill.
A minimum of four NEEPCO officials went lacking following a burst in a water pipeline in the dam on October 7th, 2019. The lacking employees were identified as Prem Pal Balmiki, Robert Baite and Delight Sing Timung. The National Catastrophe Response Force (NDRF) and other rescue forces were pressed into service to rescue the lacking officials. As per information, the employees were busy in repair works when the incident took place.
The project is a 275 megawatts hydroelectric power project on the Kopili river and its tributary, Umrong stream. It was once developed and is operated by NEEPCO. The project is the most important project as Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura are the advisable states.
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