JAMUGURIGHAT (DHOLPUR), Sept 14 - Continuous erosion by River Brahmaputra in the Jamugurighat area of Dholpur under Narayanpur Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district is posing a serious threat to 35 families residing on its banks. The erosion has been on for the last several years. The river is at present flowing just a few metres from No. 2 Jamuguri village of Dholpur. Acres of agricultural land, including a football field, have already been lost to erosion over the years.
The entire area was affected by the recent flood that submerged several villages on the left-hand side of the Badati-Gamiri embankment. However, the embankment remained unaffected during the flood. It was last breached in 1997.
But unabated erosion by the Brahmaputra after the flood has made the villagers panicky as they fear the loss of their land and homes at any moment. The Water Resources Department has laid metal wires tied to felled trees and dipped logs in a bid to save the banks from erosion. Earlier attempts to check erosion by erecting porcupines have failed in the area.
An extensive area, including the Jamuguri Inland Waterways Ferry Ghat and the nearby Bon Puroi forest, is under threat at present. If the erosion continues, the Badati-Gamiri embankment could also be endangered in the coming days.