After Floods Assam's 1.8 mn children in Danger: Support

In the third time flood hit in a season, Assam now is in sorrow for its children Can we help?


Boat mishap kills five school children in flood-hit Assam 

Going to school a daily hazard in flood-hit Assam villages

For 11-year-old Jesmina Begum, daughter of Abdul Motin of Atigaon, a village in the flood-ravaged Morigaon district in central Assam, commuting to school has become not only difficult but also dangerous in the recent weeks.
“We know that five children drowned in a boat capsize on Tuesday. But what to do? We can’t stop going to school,” Jesmina said.
The floods have washed away the road to their village and also a bridge. “Now we go to school on a boat, paying Rs 2 for each trip to cross the Pakariya river,” Jesmina said, alighting from the small country boat that belongs to Hamidul Islam, a resident of the village. The Pakariya’s floodwaters have considerably receded, but the river is yet to move back to its original channel.
 
Assam floods displace 1.8 mn children in 2012
The three waves of devastating floods in Assam this year have left nearly 1.8 million children, along with their families, displaced, an assessment done by an NGO – Save the Children – found.
The NGO found that the first round of flooding affected the districts of Barpeta, Nalbari, Morigaon, Jorhat, Tinsukia and Golaghat on 25-26 June this year. By July 3, around 2.7 million people in 27 districts had been affected. In the September round of flooding, around 1.5 million people were affected. “The total population affected was 4.89 million – out of which 1.8 million were children,” said Thomas Chandy, CEO of ‘Save the Children’, on his visit to Assam.
Assam floods: Children suffer most (Video NDTV)

Two thirds of Assam is still struggling to recover from successive waves of flood. 45 people have died and 30 lakh affected in the last wave that lashed across the state. And with 20 lakh children affected across the state and vulnerable to illness and starvation, the government needs greater delivery mechanism to target children.

 

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Assam ferry capsize

Paramilitary soldiers carry dead bodies of children, victims of a ferry capsize in the Brahmaputra River, at Buraburi village, Guwahati.

Rukiya Khatoon mourns her two children who died when a boat capsized in floodwaters, at Patekibori village, about 50 miles east of Gauhati, India. Five school students drowned in two separate boats capsizes in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, while 12 others were either rescued or swam to safety, police said.  
Rukiya Khatoon mourns her two children who died when a boat capsized in floodwaters, at Patekibori village, about 50 miles east of Gauhati, India. Five school students drowned in two separate boats capsizes in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, while 12 others were either rescued or swam to safety, police said. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

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