Thousands homeless, crops ruined as flood ravage Assam’s Goalpara

Forty-seven-year-old Rafikul Islam and his family are forced to live off the road after the floodwaters entered their home.

Rafikul, a farmer in Lakhipur area of Assam’s Goalpara district, and his family completed three nights on the road on Friday as they live in a makeshift tent after floodwaters entered their home on May 26.

“Floodwaters completely submerged our home. All household items are under water. We are totally helpless,” Rafikul said.

Like Rafikul’s, there are thousands of families in Goalpara district who were forced to leave their homes after floods in Assam.

Authorities say over two lakh people of 161 villages in Goalpara district have been affected in the first wave of floods in Assam.

Sabita Rabha, also a resident of Goalpara district, said, “Cows, goats were washed away in floodwaters and we spent a night under open sky.”

With houses submerged, farmers in the district are also worried about their paddy crop.

Over 12,200 hectares of crop land has already submerged in Goalpara district.

“We had just cultivated paddy crop, but floodwaters submerged it all,” a farmer in Lakhipur said.

Nearly three lakh people in 300 villages of nine districts of Assam have been affected in the first wave of floods, while three people have died so far.

Around 27,600 people of 35 villages under Kampur revenue circle in Nagaon district have also been affected due to floods.

Floodwaters in Kopili, Borpani and Nishari river have submerged around 3,600 hectares crop land in the central Assam district.

Assam’s farmer organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Raju Baruah alleged that many embankments in the state were damaged last year due to floods, but the state government failed to repair before monsoon.

“We earlier demanded the government to repair damaged embankments and roads before the monsoon season. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also promised that the repair will be completed by May 31, but it has not been done,” he said.

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