After Floods, Parts Of Assam Battle Massive Riverbank Erosion

Since 1950, Brahmaputra eroded over 4.27 lakh hectares or 7.Four per cent of Assam’s land

Guwahati:

The Brahmaputra river has turned 51-year-old Prafulla Saharia right into a refugee. In 2007, it eroded his village Malhu, his residence and 70 bighas of farm land. Since then, erosion pressured him to maneuver residence thrice. The day by day wage labourer now fears village Lengeribori, the place is now staying, will probably be wolfed up by the swollen Brahmaputra any day.

“This place the place we’re sheltered now may even get eroded for positive; we confronted such an enormous flood just a few days again, the federal government solely gave us rice, dal and salt, nothing else,” Prafulla Saharia informed NDTV.

The floods in Assam have receded a bit, however folks in a number of components of the state at the moment are battling riverbank erosion. In Morigaon district over 4.5 lakh folks had been affected by floods this yr. At Bhuragaon income circle of Morigaon, village after village at the moment are getting ready to being swallowed by the Brahmaputra.

Saharia’s neighbour Jamuna weeps inconsolably as she exhibits her home, first broken by floods, and now threatened by erosion. She desires Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assist.

“We hope that PM Modi will hearken to our cries and assist. We carry on listening to that flood-erosion mitigation tasks will begin however nothing is seen on the bottom. We’d like a everlasting answer,” Jamuna Saharia stated.

Since 1950, the Brahmaputra river has eroded over 4.27 lakh hectares or 7.Four per cent of Assam’s land space. The state loses practically 8,000 hectares every year, just like the dimensions of Goa.

“There may be acute land shortage; if somebody loses land and if now we have to rehabilitate, it’s troublesome,” stated Chaitali Dutta.

In Bhuragaon, 57 of 122 villages have disappeared with the Brahmaputra shifting 11 km inland from its major channel. Throughout Assam, at the very least 880 villages have eroded within the final 50 years.

Dutta added that to the north, the Brahmaputra is at 1 km and to the west it’s barely half a km, however with rising water degree there are floods within the space.

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