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Bhuragaon, Lahorighat areas hit by unabated river bank erosion

By Correspondent

MORIGAON, May 1 - Unabated river bank erosion by the Brahmaputra at Bhuragaon and Lahorighat revenue circles in Morigaon district took a grim turn during the last three days by threatening the existence of several villages and crop fields.

According to official sources, the embankment at Muamari point under Lahorighat circle was eroded and about 600 metres lost, thereby inundating several villages and affecting 500 people, who were compelled to take shelter over the dyke.

Moreover, the most vulnerable portion of the Brahmaputra dyke was hit by erosion at Mikirgaon point, where about 400 metres of the dyke was washed away by the turbulent waters of the Brahmaputra. Though the Water Resource Department took some temporary measures to protect the dyke during the last two days, yet erosion is going on.

Meanwhile, agricultural fields with harvest-ready produce in an area of approximately 5,000 hectares were totally damged by a hailstorm that lashed the whole of Mayong and Bhuragaon circles recently. Standing rabi crops and vegetable fields were pounded beyond description.

Further, power supply too was completely paralysed in the remote villages of the circle.

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