Assam reeling under soil erosion, flood threats

Assam reeling under soil erosion, flood threats

Severalareas across Assam have been under the threat of flood and erosion from theBrahmaputra River and its tributaries following the beginning of the rainyseason this year. The situations of soil erosion in different parts of theState including Dhemaji, Sonitpur and Sipajhar have turned completely severe asseveral bighas of land, houses, trees and plants have already been lost in theerosion across the State in last few days.

TheWater Resource department has not yet constructed the embankment of Kapiliriver in Bakulguri area under Kampur. Around Rs. 3 crore 60 lakhs have allottedfor the construction of the embankment.

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

Similarly,in various parts of the State, hundreds bighas of agricultural land have been inundatedunder water. The floods follow incessant rainfall over the past few days, whichhas led to sharp increase in the level of water in rivers. The water level of severalrivers is above the danger mark. Meanwhile, incessant rainfall has causedartificial 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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