Women from Deusunga village fetching water from bore well made in middle of a flowing stream
Women from Deusunga village fetching water from bore well made in middle of a flowing stream|EastMojo Image

Assam village victim of acute drinking water problem for decades

Locals of Deusunga in Baksa have been surviving on untreated water from rivulet flowing from neighbouring Bhutan for decades in absence of any govt arrangements

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: Even after completing over 70 years of independence now, residents of Deusunga village of Goreswar in Assam’s Baksa district are facing an acute drinking water scarcity for many past years.

Due to alleged negligence from administration and state authorities, locals of Deusunga village are forced to drink untreated water from a direct source of a rivulet flowing down from the neighbouring Bhutan mountains.

Residents of Deusunga village that falls under the provision of local legislator Emmanuel Mosahary, from Bodo People’s Front (BPF), in a temporary solution to their problem, installed a bore well right in the middle of the stream flowing down from Bhutan and fetches water from there.

Inevitably, generations of families residing in this village counting to over hundreds in population including children are affected by water-borne diseases like malaria, dysentery, cholera, diarrhea, and many others. While there are a few among them who still hope and awaits for a situation that will resolve their acute drinking water scarcity in the near future.

Speaking with EastMojo, an elderly woman from Deusunga village informed that for the past 40-45 years they have been drinking this untreated water and many of them also lost their lives after suffering from waterborne diseases like malaria, dysentery, cholera, diarrhea.

“We have to reserve rain water during monsoons as the stream water gets muddy and we can consume it only after filtering,” another village woman said.

With this ongoing acute water crisis prevailing in their village for past many decades, the question has been raised that the villagers, who barely make a living as farmers and daily wage workers, whether will they will ever get access to clean drinking water.

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