MORIGAON, Oct 28 - The Brahmaputra�s erosion in riverine areas under Lahorighat revenue circle in Morigaon district has taken a grim turn in the last few days rendering 40 families homeless in Kathoni village, official sources said.
The affected homeless people took shelter on dyke and nearby highlands. Though the water level of the Brahmaputra is down, yet the devastating erosion of the mighty river is going on in several parts of the dyke of the river in Lahorighat and Bhuragaon revenue circles under Morigaon district. The Kathoni village and its surrounding areas were affected due to the erosion forcing the villagers to go nearby areas. In the area, one high school, one health centre, one panchyat office are on the verge of going into the bosom of the river. The catastrophe caused by the Brahmaputra during this year�s monsoon has led the rural economy of Bhuragaon and Lahorighat to a moribund state. All crops and vegetable fields were devastated. The flood and erosion affected the agriculture sector besides damaging fisheries and animal husbandry. The road communication systems in rural areas of Lahorighat and Bhuragaon were completely damaged.
The additional dyke constructed in between Bhuragaon and Baralimari at the cost of Rs 5 crore by the Rural Development Department was breached during the last flood in the month of August. Now the river may again cause devastation in between Bhuragaon and Mayong as there is no erosion-protective measure in the 27- sq km area along the bank of the Brahmaputra.