Assam floods: ‘The challenge is twice the size of Brahmaputra’

Assam floods, Brahmaputra
Notwithstanding mega promises made every now and then by the government, flood victims continue to complain about inadequate relief and rehabilitation measures.

While the monsoon season has been worse than usual this year, the devastating floods in Assam have claimed 107 lives since April, affecting more than 45 lakh people across 30 districts. This has been the story of Assam every monsoon season for the past many decades. However, some experts feel that more than the floods, erosion of land mass with the flow of the Brahmaputra is a bigger problem. Every year, the Brahmaputra and its tributaries create so much havoc and erosion that the state loses around 8,000 hectares of land mass. We are republishing a story from two years back. The situation, sadly, was not any different even then.


For 62-year old Shamsher Ali of Assam’s Dhubri district, there was hardly any time to lose as flood waters rushed into his home in July. Although Ali has lost his......