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Villagers in Assam construct guide bunds to avoid soil erosion and floods.

Villagers in Assam construct guide bunds to avoid soil erosion and floods.

Villagers in Assam construct guide bunds to avoid soil erosion and floods. With the Assam government and the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) turning a cold eye to their plight. Assam’s peasants have constructed their own guide bunds of stone boulders to safeguard their fields.

For decades, residents of at least five villages in the Guabari region of the Tamulpur revenue circle in Assam’s Baksa district. In the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), near the Indo-Bhutan border. Have suffered a slew of difficulties caused by destructive river erosion.

The Barnadi River, which originates in Bhutan, has destroyed over 2,000 people’s farms. Resulting in the loss of hundreds of bigha of agriculture per year. Numerous households in the region have been displaced as a result of floods and river erosion.

Villagers claimed they decided to take things into their own hands after repeated pleas to authorities for assistance. In protecting their properties from river erosion went unanswered.

“The people of Guabari have been battling with river erosion since 2001. And the river has destroyed several bighas of land each year,” a local villager told India Today TV.

“We have repeatedly requested that the Assam government and the Bodoland Territorial Council resolve the issue, but they have stayed quiet. As a consequence, we have chosen to construct the guiding bunds ourselves in order to save our fields “he said.

He also asked Assam’s Minister of Water Resources to do an assessment of the situation in the region.

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According to local locals, the flood has left many families in the region homeless.

According to statistics provided by the Assam government, river-induced soil erosion continues in a number of Assam districts, resulting in an annual loss of approximately 8,000 hectares.

The Brahmaputra River alone has destroyed over 4,000 square kilometers, an area bigger than Goa and accounting for around 7.5 percent of Assam’s entire land area.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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