Days Without Food, No Relief, Say Locals in Villages Ravaged by Assam Floods

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Over 400 villages on the international border with Bangladesh are almost inaccessible.

Dhubri, Assam:  The second wave of the floods in Assam has killed more than 35 people in the last two weeks. More than 2000 villages have been ravaged by the waters and over 17 lakh people are now without a home. In Dhubri district, on the international border with Bangladesh, over 400 villages are now almost inaccessible.

It took a two-hour long boat ride with the Border Security Force personnel for NDTV to reach the Nelochia village. Many people, including a family of 11, living in the village have been surviving with limited food for the last four days, and without any aid from the government.

"My village was inundated for last couple of days.  I am facing lot of problems, no one from the government has visited us and no relief has been distributed. We can't even eat properly and are spending sleepless nights," said 25-year-old Luther Rahman.

The BSF personnel responsible to provide relief in the area are unable to function. All their riverine camps are submerged under water. They are also complaining for the lack of any help from the civil administration.

"The first problem is that our operational efficiency gets affected because there is water everywhere. We try and give the villagers here as much aid and help as possible. But, you can see for yourself, there is no civil administration available here," said Ajai Singh, the Deputy Inspector General of BSF in Dhubri Sector.

In the last few days, the situation in the area due to the floods has remained the same if not worsened. The villagers are now hoping for the government to take notice and the relief.

 

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