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Bagaha : Amawa Protection (AP) embankment in Kushinagar district in Utter Pradesh (UP), which connects it with Pipara-Piparasi embankment in West Champaran district in Bihar, on Bihar-UP border is facing speedy erosion from river Gandak.

Although the flood in the wake of mansoon is  not alarming but with the river changing its course for the last one week, the pace of erosion is fast. The distance between the river and its embankment, which was 35 metres earlier, has been reduced to zero. A 800 metre long Spur and many Studs made to protect the embankment were washed away and the turbulent river is now touching the embankment.

Efforts are on to save the embankment with sand bags and boulder pitching which protrude into the river to divert its course. Assistant Engineer, Flood Division, Kushinagar District (UP), Dayaram Verma, who was camping at the site, on JUly 29, 2018, said that  the situation was alarming but under control. Round the clock work was on to save the embankment.

The residents  Barawapati, Jamuyan, Kanahiyatola, Vermapatti, Gobarahi in UP and of Motipur, Jagiraha, Koeripatti panchayat under Thakaraha block in West Champaran District, Bihar, are quite apprehensive as the embankment might be completely eroded any moment and have decided to shift to safer places.

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