TANMOY BHADURI | 19 JULY, 2017
Assam Villages Flooded, But The CM Does Not Care
JORHAT, ASSAM: Assam villages are getting flooded, with those living on the embankments of the Brahmaputra in particular finding themselves isolated on what becomes ‘no mans land’ every monsoon season.
Photographer Tanmoy Bhaduri travelled through Majuli and Jorhat to find the people hostile and angry. They complained bitterly about the Chief Ministers indifference. They are virtually marooned, have no access to food and potable drinking water. The situation is volatile, with of course the media not even bothering to take what is a difficult journey to get to these villages.
As of now nearly 40 houses are totally damaged due to the floods and more than 350 houses partially damaged. Selek, Silakala, Mohorisukh are under water.
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0734: Ferry service between Jorhat and Kamalabari in Majuli.
Relief material has reached the village but the distribution is ill managed.
Villagers cook under makeshift tents at Selek village in Majuli.
Villagers who lost their homes were given sheets and tins and bamboo to build temporary shleters after they protested in front of Assam Water Resource Minister Kesav Monhanta on July 14. People complained about Chief Minister Sonowal who is also the local MLA but didn't visit them when he visited the Majuli district headquarters.
Mridula Pegu lost her home and now lives on the embankment of the river Brahmaputra.She says, "We have no proper water connection to get drinking water.The villagers are suffering with gastroenteritis."
Naren Pegu standing outside his lost home says, "every year we face the same problem, we are used to it but this year was beyond our imagination." He wants a permanent solution from the Government.
People live on the River embankments as they have no other option
Temporary toilets have been made inside village.
Government set up tubewells but none of them are working properly.
Selek, Silakala,Mohorisukh village are severely affected by floods.
This embankment in Selek village is damaged.