Enduring the river fury: Living and losing in Assam

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The gushing waters from an overflowing Brahmaputra had slithered up into Tajuddin Ahmed's house in 2014 while he and his family were asleep. Ahmed, a resident of Digirpam char (sandbar) in Barpeta district, was not new to the annual ritual when the raging waters would swamp his house year after year. But that year was different and particularly brutal. "We could not save anything that day. My ration card, voter-ID and all other documents were washed away. Somehow, I managed to save my wife and our four children,” says Ahmed.
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