MORIGAON, Oct 6 - Bhuragaon and Mayong Revenue Circles in Morigaon district have been bearing the brunt of erosion by the Brahmaputra river in the past one week.
Over 100 families became homeless. The worst-affected villages are Gagolmari, Lehpoti, Borbori, Kupatimari and Jatiabori. This comes close on the heels of as many as 150 infants have been suffering from waterborne diseases in the areas for last one month.
The Brahmaputra, on an average, erodes five villages in the district during the monsoon, giving a blow to the rural agro-based economy. As many as 146 revenue villages were gobbled up by the Brahmaputra rendering over one lakh people homeless in the past decade.
Naba Nath, AASU�s Bhuragaon unit president, said, �The people of the area have lost everything. Gone are the days when we could earn much money by selling green vegetables. Cultivation of sugarcane, once main crop in the area, is not seen here now.�
From the Government�s side, there is no permanent measure to combat the major problems of Bhuragaon. The temporary measures taken by the State Water Resource Department to tackle flood and erosion have proved futile.
The riverine areas from Bhuragaon to Mayong remain unprotected. The local people alleged misappropriation of funds meant for flood control measures by some contractors and officials. If the erosion of the Brahmaputra continues at this pace, the very existence of Morigaon district will be at stake.
�Last week, villages like Kacharigaon, Meruahabi, No-2 Gagalmari, did a vanishing act from the map of Morigaon district. We cannot say what will happen to us when the only college of Bhuragaon, the Hari Charan Sarkar Higher Secondary School and local bazar will be gobbled up by the river.�