Minister for Water Resource Bharat Chandra Narah has totally failed to solve the erosion and flood problems of Lakhimpur district as well as in the State because of his imprudent and reluctant attitude towards the long standing problems said Bandhuram Pawegam, president of Mishing Bane Khebang.

Eighty-nine people were killed in the high-velocity thunderstorm that ripped across Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The deaths came as winds blew at 80 km an hour uprooting trees and triggering wall collapse and lightning ignited fires. The thunderstorm caused a blackout in several parts of the State as power lines snapped. Trains services were also affected. Power, rail services restored


A tigress killed a man in the Mohraina forest range of Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh, official sources said here today. Ramesh (30) had gone to the forest to collect firewood on Friday. When he did not return, members of his family tried to trace him. They spotted a mutilated body of Ramesh and the tigress sitting next to him in the forest yesterday, they said. Divisional forest officer R.C. Jha has issued a warning to the people not to venture into dense forest.

As the monsoon season has come nearer the Lakhimpur district Water Resource Department has yet to repair the embankments, which were breached by the flood in the year 2007.

The Lakhimpur District Branch of Indian Red Cross Society conducted a series of relief camps to distribute essentials to the flood victims in different parts of the district.

To obtain an assessment of bacteriological quality of drinking water of the district of Lakhimpur, Assam as many as 168 drinking water samples were collected from different sources of the district and analysed. During analysis it was found that 58.2% samples have coliform MPN more than 10 and 40% have faecal contamination.

The island of Majuli on the river Brahmaputra has been under constant threat from floods as well as rising erosion levels. Tension has simmered between development agencies responsible for flood control and the local people who have opposed the structural measures. The proposed Bogibeel bridge has evoked concerns that the conflict will see an escalation.

The Supreme Court has asked Uttar Pradesh to identify appropriate land to set up oxidation plants to treat sewage before being discharged into the river. The areas are to be identified at Lakhimpur,