|Flood situation improves in Bongaigaon|
BONGAIGAON, Aug 23 - The flood situation in Bongaigaon district has improved since Friday. But erosion by the rivers is on with falling water levels in the district.
Local people fishing in flood waters at Nayagaon in Bongaigaon district, on Saturday. – UB Photos
Hit by erosion, around 300 families along the Aie river in North Salmara in the district had to take shelter on the roads on Saturday.
Crops like paddy, jute, sugarcane and vegetables have been damaged by flood in North Salmara subdivision, which is considered as a hub of agri-produce and milk. Hence the crisis of vegetables and cow milk has been noticed in the markets.
As the flood water have snapped the connecting roads between Lengtisinga and Rangapani in the district, people from either side have to negotiate the distance by boats, local residents informed.
However, if the breached dams and embankments besides Aie river are not repaired in time, the next flood is likely to cause havoc in villages beside the river, local residents apprehended.
In Chirang district also, the flood situation is improving. But erosion by rivers has not stopped yet in some villages in the district. The flood affected many farmers in the district by damaging crops, vegetables, fisheries and dairy farms.
Dr Bhumidhar Barman, State Revenue Minister and Basanta Das, Water Resource Minister, visited Kokrajhar and Chirang districts respectively to review the flood situation and had a meeting with the district administration for follow-up action.
Dr Bhumidhar Barman told mediapersons that his Government is not getting the financial support needed to tackle the flood situation in the State.