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Assam’s double whammy: Droughts and floods
Published on 20 Aug. 2009 11:54 PM IST
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If drought was not bad enough, some low-lying areas in Assam are now getting flooded. NDTV travelled to Assam’s Mayong sub-division to find farmers there in desperate need of help. “I mortgaged my land for my daughter’s marriage, took a loan and now see what I have been reduced to after this drought and flood,” said Soharbuddin. This entire water body in the area is actually cropland, which went under water last year and this year as well. Soharbuddin has about four bighas of land in this area where crop has been destroyed. River water entered the low-lying areas that cultivate Boro paddy. But the highland, which grows the Sali variety, was not spared either. On the southern side of the village, Soharbuddin had two more bighas of land which has been destroyed because of drought, last years flood had washed away the crop here so people like Soharbuddin have actually had two summers of crop failure. “We are completely helpless. There is no work, no earning, food prices are high. It’s a critical situation. We need help,” said a farmer. Mayong is medieval India’s town of magicians, and even today there are some practitioners but none of that magic seems to have helped the farmers here.

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