The Assam Floods[International reports | Assam Tribune pics | Assam Govt report | SPADE reports]
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Assam Disaster Management report from last year.
Flood is a regular natural calamitous phenomenon in the state of Assam. However, the current spate of flood is of unprecedented intensity and scale with all its curses on human beings and animals in a degree unequalled in previous few decades. All the rivers and tributaries of the state have contributed to the havoc. New areas have been dragged into the map of the seriously flood affected areas of the state. The current of the flood water entering into villages has belittled the embankments supposed to save the villages from flood. The suddenness of flood has left little time for preparation.
Loss of lives and property has crossed all previous records. Food stocks saved from last harvest for this period have been swept away, which will cause starvation of the farmers and rural poor for a long span of time to come. Standing crops have been destroyed in many areas. Import of food articles from outside also is rendered difficult and costly due to the breakage of road linkage to interior places. Loss of cultivable land to erosion and silt, loss of draught cattle and the seedlings raised for the ensuing agricultural season has ensured longer period of starvation especially of the large population of subsistence level farmers and poor agricultural wage laborers. The mothers, new-born and the children are going to starve to deadly malnourishment. As the flood water recedes, the rotten vegetation and animal corpses will harbor life taking germs leading to epidemics through contamination of air and water. Medicines are unaffordable to those who are already paupered by the present spate of flood. Thus the rural poor of the state is going to face a life situation which is no better than death in the days to come.
Social problems such as beggary, extortion, and worse - prostitution, which are already inflicting the rural poor are bound to increase as a result of the abject impoverishment caused by the current flood. Collected below are some news stories about the floods and their effects.
To learn what SPADE is doing to help flood victims, go to the Field Report page.
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