Nowhere peo­ple

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

Down to Earth - - ASSAM FLOOD - AMAR­JY­OTI BO­RAH |

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-

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