Assam Flood forced Families to live in Cremation Ground

On Sunday morning, at least 59000 people in Assam's five districts of Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Hojai, Goalpara and Cachar remained affected in the first wave of flood

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Guwahati: With the first flash of flood continuing havoc in several parts of the state, five families in Lakhimpur’s Dhakuakhana were forced to move their stay and reside in makeshift huts at a nearby cremation ground.

They were all affected by the erosion caused by the Laipulia river in the district. The river has destroyed their homes and agriculture lands.

The displacement has taken place in Gorkhali village of Dhakuakhana sub-division.

Degaram Kumal, a victim family member told Time8, “Every year the river water erodes a massive portion of the village area. Despite repeated cry, the authorities have been overlooking the plight of the people of the area. They just put some porcupine spurs made of bamboo which couldn’t help us.”

He said that all the five families living in distress were also struggling with their livelihood and ration supply during the crisis. 

“It a double whammy for us. When the government is busy tackling corona pandemic, authorities are overlooking our distress,” Kumal lamented.  

The river Laipulia has been affecting the area for over two decades now. As per the villagers, the river has been very unkind to them since 1980. 

Finding no help, the villagers have been offering Puja to the river. On Sunday morning, at least 59000 people in Assam’s five districts of Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Hojai, Goalpara and Cachar remained affected in the first wave of flood this year. So far 10 people have died in flood in the state.