BISWANATH CHARIALI, Aug 5 � Heavy erosion in the Biswanath-Panpur dyke has created havoc in the last few days affecting more than 500 families at Bagha centre under Kumalia gaon panchayat in Biswanath subdivision. It was the worst on August 1 when households of at least 15 families were engulfed by the mighty Brahamputra from 3 pm to 6.30 pm in front of local people. Those families are taking shelter now in Goroimari LP School. The department of Water Resources worked overnight to repair the dyke with bamboo porcupines and RCC crease. This stopped the erosion on August 2 which has posed as serious threat to the entire dyke.
It may be mentioned that more than 500 families have been taking shelter near the dyke for the last few months. Those people had already lost their homes and properties in the erosion of the Brahmaputra. The chief engineer of the department, Dilip Kr Bhuyan visited the area on August 2 and took stock of the situation. The affected people alleged that they suffered badly due to the apathy shown by the department in solving the problem. They also criticised former MLA Nurjamal Sarkar for his negligence towards them.