BARPETA, Aug 1 - Though the flood has subsided and the water level of almost all the major rivers are receding for the last four days, 300 villages in Barpeta district are still reeling under floodwater.
About three lakhs villagers in the district have been languishing under floodwater for about a month. Char (sandbars) areas of Chenga and Baghbar of the district and the entire south, south-west and north-east areas were affected by the flood.
The worst suffers were the cultivators who collectively lost more than 26,000 hectares of cropland due to the flood. Cattle and poultry farms also suffered a major setback. Even after considerable improvement of the situation, there are acute shortage of grass and fodder in the district.
Meanwhile, State Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta today visited some of the flood-affected and erosion-hit areas in Barpeta district. He visited Safakamar area where the erosion of Beki river have threatened the existing road communication with the Manas National Park. He also visited Khagrabari, Gobardhana and Sundaridia Sattra.
Speaking to the mediapersons, Mahanta said that appropriate measure would be taken to check erosion of Nakhanda river at Sundaridia soon.
Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora also visited the flood-affected areas of the district on Sunday.