Assam has lost more than seven per cent of its area to erosion because of floods. The result: thousands of displaced people in makeshift camps across the state
Fyears, Abdur Khan has OR SEVEN been calling the makeshift camp, a thatched one room on an embankment, his home. A resident of Assam’s Balimukh village in Morigaon district, he moved out of his village along with his wife and two children.“We were a prosperous farming family with 9.6 hectares (ha) of cultivable land, a power tiller and a house. Today,I work as a daily labourer,”says Khan. The land that Khan owned started to degrade during the floods in 1998.“We never thought that the entire land will be degraded.But the Brahmaputra completely engulfed our land during the 2007 floods,” he says, his voice choked with emotion.
Khan is not alone.State government data shows over 150,000 families have been dis-