DERGAON, July 8 - The flood situation has worsened in the greater Ahatguri area near here. Though the water level of the Brahmaputra has been receding, erosion has caused havoc in the area. Villages like Siristika, Natun Chapori, etc., have already been washed away due to the erosion.
Fourteen villages under south Ahatguri and Ahatguri Gaon Panchayats, three ME schools, eight LP schools and two high schools have been hit in the latest erosion caused by the Brahmaputra river. The Dhodang embankment, which is the only road link to Dergaon town, is in a critical state.
If the embankment is damaged in the erosion, communication to the area will be disrupted and the local people will be cut off from the rest of the State. More than 200 families of three villages � No.1 Milanpur, No. 2 Milanpur and Sadar Gaon under the Dergaon LAC � are taking shelter on the embankment leading to Dergaon. According to reports available, the houses belonging to Sagar Mudoi, Nityananda Hazarika, Ananda Mudoi and Makan Mudoi at Siristika were washed away last night. These affected families are now taking shelter on the embankment.
The residents of the Ahataguri area face the greatest risk from erosion. State Water Resource Minister Keshab Mahanta and Dergaon MLA Bhabendra Nath Bharali had visited the area on June 29. If erosion continues at the current rate, the entire area will be wiped out by the Brahmaputra river.