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Dreams shattered as floods play havoc in Assam


MONALISA GOGOI | Guwahati, July 3, 2012 18:10
Tags : Assam | floods | Manmohan Singh | |

Dreams shattered as floods play havoc in AssamThe destructive floods in Assam have ruined many lives and shattered dreams. Along with this the incessant rains continue to make lives miserable. Kamal Kalita who lost everything to flood is one of them. A school teacher by profession, Kamal and his family of three have become homeless after the daunting flood swept away his home.

“I have lost everything. All my hard work and all my dreams are shattered by flood. I have two children. What I will do now ? I never thought that one day I will lose everything to flood,” said, Kamal of Rangiya town in Kamrup district.

Kamal had built his new home only two years back. He had planted coconut, mango and litchi in his compound but the flood has destroyed everything. It's not only Kamal, more than 11 lakhs people have become homeless due to terrible flooding.

According to latest reports, the death toll in the floods, affecting 27 districts of the state, has gone up to around 150.

The intensity of the flooding was such that vast swathes of land was swept away by the severe flooding. In Majuli area, three sisters were found sitting on a dyke as their parents went missing due to water overflow in their area.

Ramani Deka, a shopkeeper in Birubari area said, “Prices of all essential commodities have gone up sharply. Now even we cannot buy commodities from the wholesale market because of high price. Earlier I used to buy potatoes for Rs 8 but now it costs Rs 22 per kg.”

“Vegetable supply mainly from district of lower Assam like Nalbari, Barpeta has totally stopped since last week. So price of carrot has gone up to Rs 80 per kg, while it was only Rs 40 before flood,” said Giasuddin Ali, a vegetable seller of Beltola.

Keshab Nath Kalita from Hajo in Kamrup district area says that his fish farm was completely swept away by flood. “The main source of our family income was fisheries but flood water have destroyed it all.”

These are only few examples of destruction caused by the flood. Among other, flood has ruined paddy crops and led to the death of livestock.

Currently, most of the schools in both upper and lower Assam are under flood water. And some schools buildings are totally swept away by floods. Some bridges have also caved under the impact of the water. According to report, students are forced to sit under tree for classes.

Heavy landslide in Maibong, Lower Halflong, Harangajao area have also disrupted railway traffic. Lack of proper food and drinking water and sanitation have also gave rise to diseases. Many lives were also lost to several water born diseases.

Criticizing the Centre, advocate and social activist Nekibur Zaman says, “When Indian government can declare oil as the national property then why can't they declare flood as national disaster. PM Manmohan Singh announcing Rs 500 crore as aid is really disgusting and shameful.”

On the other hand, reacting to the flood situation, adviser of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) Dilip Patgiri says, “Our state has suffered massive loss in terms of both life and property. The relief and rehabilitation will be the major problem now. The govt will not be able to concentrate in on development activities but the victims of flood.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi made an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Upper Assam and asked authorities to take measures to rebuild damaged infrastructure and help the people in their times of hardship.

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