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Subansiri erosion displaces 23 families

By Correspondent

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Sept 6 - Unabated erosion by the Subansiri river in the Bihpuria Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district has left 23 families displaced.

The erosion worst-hit area is in Kolbari Chuburi under Bahgora-Dhunaguri Gaon Panchayat of Bihpuria Rural Development Block where villagers have been affected since May this year. Subansiri, which has encircled the area in its changing course, has swallowed more than 60 per cent of the land of the area making the village an island. As many as 12 families, displaced by the continued erosion, have been now forced to take makeshift arrangements for their stay at the opposite side of the erosion where massive sand deposits are created. Many of them are struggling for a shelter at highlands and some of them are forced to stay with their relatives � away from their original place of living.

Agriculture lands that grow mustard, pulses and rice have been lost in the erosion by the river. The erosion and recent flood have also damaged the Kolbari Chuburi LP School, the only school of the region, depriving hundreds of students from regular classes.

Fisheries damaged: The recent flood in Lakhimpur district has destroyed fisheries measuring 1449.4 hectares of land affecting thousands of entrepreneurs. According to the district Fishery Department, Lakhimpur�s 7,889 fishery entrepreneurs from 298 villages of all the nine rural development blocks of the district have been hit by the loss of fisheries in floods so far.

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