WA­TER, WA­TER, EV­ERY­WHERE

India Today - - UPFRONT - ANUWAR HAZARIKA/ REUTERS

In Bal­imukh vil­lage in flooded As­sam, a pair of buf­faloes are be­ing trans­ported to dry ground and safety. Over 100,000 peo­ple, re­ports say, have been dis­placed from over 20 vil­lages, their homes and land sub­merged un­der over­flow­ing rivers. Re­lief camps have been set up but only a frac­tion of those af­fected by the floods have sought refuge in camps, ad­mit au­thor­i­ties. Floods are an an­nual phe­nom­e­non in As­sam and crit­ics ar­gue that de­spite early warn­ing sys­tems and ex­pert com­mit­tees, not enough has been done to pro­tect peo­ple and pre­vent dam­age. Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park too has been af­fected by the floods; ar­ti­fi­cial high­lands have been created and ad­di­tional for­est guards ap­pointed to en­sure the safety of an­i­mals.

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