Assam reeling under soil erosion, flood threats

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Several areas across Assam have been under the threat of flood and erosion from the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries following the beginning of the rainy season this year. The situations of soil erosion in different parts of the State including Dhemaji, Sonitpur and Sipajhar have turned completely severe as several bighas of land, houses, trees and plants have already been lost in the erosion across the State in last few days.

The Water Resource department has not yet constructed the embankment of Kapili river in Bakulguri area under Kampur. Around Rs. 3 crore 60 lakhs have allotted for the construction of the embankment.

Burhasapori area under Sonitpur district has been hit by large-scale erosion of the Brahmaputra. Similarly, the Duni village under Sipajhar is recently under the serious threat of erosion from the Brahmaputra river.

Similarly, in various parts of the State, hundreds bighas of agricultural land have been inundated under water. The floods follow incessant rainfall over the past few days, which has led to sharp increase in the level of water in rivers. The water level of several rivers is above the danger mark. Meanwhile, incessant rainfall has caused artificial flood in Sonari town.

Highlands for Kaziranga

To protect the animals from the disaster of floods, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) authorities construct artificial highlands in the National park. The authorities have begun the construction of 33 highlands for the animals.

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