Floods ravage Majuli islands in Assam

August 25th, 2009 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Majuli (Assam), Aug 25 (ANI): Around 60 villages have been devastated by floods in Majuli islands of Assam.

The world’s largest river island is facing the nature’s fury for the second time this year as the Brahmaputra River breached an embankment in Matmora region.

The floods were caused by incessant heavy rains for five days when it breached an embankment in Matmora, which channels the entire water of the Brahmaputra into the Luit River.

Heavy rainfall, upstream caused the second wave of flooding on the whole Upper Majuli area and displaced around 30 thousand people, and destroyed thousands of hectares of crop.

“All of a sudden water started pouring inside our house, then only I realized that flood has occurred. Immediately, we moved to safer place. Now, we have no proper shelter, food and water. Every year in this season, we are hit by the flood and we face lot of difficulties,” said Chandon Hazarika, a resident.

The frequent floods have displaced thousand of villagers.

“Once again Majuli is hit by flash flood due to breach of embankment in Matmora in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts. Thousands of people have been displaced in upper Majuli area for the second time and more than 60 of villages has been severely affected. Majuli is frequently devastated by flood water every year because it is totally surrounded by water,” said Nokul Kolita, another resident.

Every year, torrential monsoon rains wreak havoc in Assam, causing the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries to breach embankments, displacing hundreds of thousands of people. (ANI)

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