NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Aug 2 - The flood situation has improved slightly in Lakhimpur district in the last 24 hours as all the major rivers were flowing below the danger level.
However, bank erosion continues to pose a threat in many areas. Bank erosion by Subansiri, the largest tributary of the Brahmaputra has been affecting the villagers from upstream in the Bhimpora-Na Ali area in North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle to Dhunaguri under Bihpuria Revenue Circle stretching hundreds of kilometres. In Bihpuria Revenue Circle of the district, the Subansiri has been continuously eroding its bank at Botumchuk under Badati-Jamuguri Gaon Panchayat. The continuous erosion by the river has displaced 12 households in the village. The families, who were affected earlier by the floods of Subansiri have been forced to shift their houses to highlands in the sandbars of the river.
Similarly, the Subansiri is causing massive erosion in various places in Banmukh in Narayanpur, Na-Ali in North Lakhimpur Revenue Circle. The erosion by the Subansiri in Na-Ali is seen mostly in Teliya Pathar area where the historic Burhi Aair Thaan was devoured by the river. Recently, the Subansiri embankment at Ghancharai area of Na-Ali was visited by Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal.
Erosion by fast moving Kakoi river has threatened NH-15 in Kadam just a few kilometres away from North Lakhimpur. Works to contain the river from damaging the NH-15 has been on in the last couple of days.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority�s thereport on July 31 at 5 pm two revenue circles � North Lakhimpur and Nowboicha are still being affected by flood in Lakhimpur district with 80 affected villages. The flood has also uprooted several high transmission electric poles at different areas of Lakhimppur district, the ASDMA report said.