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    Avulsions in Beki River in 2004 continue to threat Manas National Park

    As the erosion perpetrated by the river continued unabated which threatened the strategic road to Manas National park at Safakamar area

    Guwahati: During the floods of 2004, there were avulsions in the river courses of Beki River in Assam. Since then, the discharge in river Beki increased enormously and the situation further aggravated during the floods of 2007 leading to downstream devastation including an imminent threat to Manas National Park in lower Assam, some 138 km from the capital city.

    “The Hakua and Manas channel choked up at Mathanguri necessitating Beki to discharge more volume of water from Mathanguri point onwards,” Addl. Chief Secretary, Syedin Abbasi informed Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Tuesday.

    As the erosion perpetrated by the river continued unabated which threatened the strategic road to the National park at Safakamar area, under Barpeta Water Resources Division, Mukhi on Tuesday took stock of the four protection measures to protect a bank length of 2278 m being undertaken by Water Resources Department.

    Mukhi reviewed the progress of implementation of different flood management programs with the Water Resources department, Flood and River Erosion Management Agency of Assam (FREMAA) and other senior officials at Raj Bhavan.

    The Beki being the trans-boundary river, sometimes heavy downpour in upper reaches causes this river to be overflowing, leading to large scale erosion on both sides of its meandering course in Lower Assam districts namely Barpeta and Baksa.

    The river and its drainage channels during the rainy season cause a high magnitude of flood and resultant erosion leading to loss of lives, agricultural lands and properties.

    “Taking note of this perpetual annual catastrophe by the river Beki, the Governor asked the authorities to chart out a modus operandi and review the progress of flood management program to tame the river and help the people living alongside and protect themselves from the perennial flood and erosion caused by Beki,” said an official communiqué from Raj Bhawan.

    On Tuesday, the overall flood situation in the state improved further. No human casualty was reported till the filing of the report. So far 110 people died in Assam flood this year.

    Nearly 1.95 lakh people in the state continued to remain flood affected and some 4100 people were sheltering in 26 relief camps.

    Brahmaputra river was flowing over the danger level in Jorhat , Dhubri, Sonitpur and Nagaon districts.

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