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Assam flood problem is a national calamity

08 July, 2012Posted By: Dhurba Biswakarma

Flood in Assam, 2012
Flood in Assam, 2012
Flood in Assam, 2012
Flood in Assam, 2012
Flood in Assam, 2012
Flood in Assam, 2012
Flood in Assam, 2012
  

The recurrence of flood and erosion continued to be the burning problem of Assam. Every year in Assam the floods leave a trail of destruction, washing away villages, submerging paddy fields, drowning livestock, besides causing loss of human life and property in billions.

Flood causes a severe damage to ecology and environment. Hundreds of wild animal including rhinoceros living in the Kaziranga National Park loss their lives every year due to flood. One of the world's longest river island 'Majuli' is loosing several hectares of land to the water of Brahmaputra every year, thus the very existence of the island is under threat. Tea gardens, particularly in the Barak valley in southern Assam, have been hit hard by the floods which caused at least seven of them to close down while others are on the verge of closure.

This year altogether 101 people have died due to the floods and 16 in landslides caused by incessant rainfall. The water level of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries flowing above the danger level though showing a receding trend in some affected districts. An estimated 22 lakh people have been affected in the worst floods in recent years, causing large scale devastation in 2,809 villages in 27 of the 28 districts of the State. More than 3 lakh people are staying in 405 relief camps set up in 12 districts. Road services, affected at 2,847 places across the State, are yet to be restored as also rail tracks damaged by landslides in Lumding Badarpur Railway Division.

Brahmaputra has become the river of sorrow for Assam. The mighty Brahmaputra, though a life giving river has become more synonymous with devastation than with prosperity it is also known as the Burha Luit. The 2,900 km long Brahmaputra is one of Asia's largest rivers. The Brahmaputra and the Barak are the main two rivers which cause all problems during the monsoon every year in the shape of floods, bank erosion and drainage congestion. In fact, the successive waves of devastating floods in almost every year have virtually destroyed the economy, more particularly, the rural economy of the State.

So, when we will see a permanent solution to floods? Or when Govt. will declare Assam flood problem a national calamity?

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