Members of a flood-hit family sitting near a makeshift camp set up along NH 37 in Morigaon district of Assam

Morigaon: With water levels of Brahmaputra and other major rivers and their tributaries gradually receding, flood-hit people in Assam are trying to rebuild their lives.

However, during a recent spot inspection undertaken by EastMojo at Gobhali village in Assam’s Morigaon district, which was severely affected during the second wave of flood in the state, it was found that a major section of villagers, who were in relief camps along the NH-37, are yet to return to their respective homes.

“Even though some people have already left relief camps, some are still struggling in such camps as floods have completely destroyed their homes. Forget about cattle and other domestic animals, now, these people have already lost everything. They want to return home, but they have nothing left, except devastation. Without proper support from the authorities concerned, these people are not in a position to return home from these relief camps,” said Habibur Rahman, a villager.

Recalling the days during the flood, several people in the locality alleged that they didn’t receive sufficient relief materials from the district administration. “It’s really unfortunate that some NGOs and other private organisations offered us relief materials. But those were not adequate at all. However, from the government side, we received an amount of 2.5 kg of rice and the same amount of pulse per family during the entire period of the second wave of floods. It’s really unfortunate,” another villager added.

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Gobhali is one of the worst affected villages in Morigaon district. Altogether, 180 houses were destroyed and 1,400 people affected during the fury. Several lives were lost during the floods, many lost their homes, their source of income. But few have garnered the courage to fix the patches caused by the floods.

Meanwhile, the villagers in the district have requested the state government to provide them adequate compensation so that these section of people can return home from their respective relief camps.

Assam witnessed one of its worst floods this year with over 2,523 villages in 78 revenue circles in 25 districts were adversely affected, according to a report. Up to 44.96 lakh people have been affected by the floods this time around. Over 70 lives were lost in the floods in Assam.

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