A 20 year old youth met watery grave when he was fishing out money at a waterbody body in Guwahati on Tuesday. The tragic incident took place when he joined scores of people who landed in the waterbody to collect currency notes that were found floating on the water on Monday.
The youth dived into the Silsako Beel in the morning along with some other eager beavers to look for and pocket the currency notes floating on the water. Eyewitnesses said the youth was probably not a good swimmer. The district administration issued strict orders prohibiting anyone from entering the water body. Police were yet to find the source of the floating currency notes.
PASIGHAT: The Siang water is not at all fit for human consumption. Turbidity NTU is 482 while Iron as Fe, mg/l is 1.65 which are found to be beyond permissible limit. This was what the findings of the water testing report of the State Water Quality Testing Laboratory (SWQTL), under the Chief Engineer (Sanitation) PHE & WS department in Itanagar submitted the water testing report of Siang River based on the water sample collected and sent on last week. Experts say at normal levels, iron is not deadly to any aquatic animals but unusually high amounts of iron exist in water may lead to adverse changes in colour, odour and taste of water and has negative effects on aquatic populations, behavior and health.
What ails the people of Thuramukh area in Golaghat district of Assam? Deforestation have left them high and dry beside the famed Nambor reserved forest. Not only that. For the last couple of years they have been bearing the brunt of the growing men elephant conflict.
On Monday hundreds of local residents thronged the forest areas and started bamboo and banana plantations. Talking to Assam Times a participant said,” we are planting bamboo and banana trees so that the elephants need not come out of the forest in search of food.”
According to him,”there was a time when these animals had nothing to do with the habitats. There was plenty of food for them in the forest. But gone are the days. A huge portion of the forest has been denuded forcing the animals to come out of it in search of food.”
“We believe that only afforestation is the best possible way to do away with the growing men elephant conflict. That’s why, today we are planting bamboo and banana trees here. Today we have only planted 2000 trees. We would do it more from now and onwards,” said another local residents.
Other local residents said that the initiatives would also help the authorities firmly deal with the wood smugglers apart from creating afforestation awareness among the local mass. The message is expected to spread far and wide of the state at a time when men elephant conflicts and deforestation have become a regular feature.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty