Assam floods: After losing land and produce, 45-year-old farmer commits suicide at Morigaon relief camp

A farmer, perturbed over his loss of livelihood after flood waters completely submerged his home, agricultural fields and produce, reportedly committed suicide at a relief camp in Bhuragaon in Assam’s Morigaon district in the wee hours of Sunday.

File image of floods in Assam. PTI

File image of floods in Assam. PTI

The farmer, identified as 45-year-old Kushal Nath, who hailed from Nijsohoria village, lost his land and agricultural produce due to erosion.

Last week, the dyke along the bank of the river Brahmaputra was breached in several places in Lahoirighat Revenue Circle forcing the farmer and around 20,000 people to evacuate.

Though the administration streamlined the search and rescue operations, the locals were reportedly provided little relief material and cattle fodder.

As many as 76 people have died in the state due to the deluge. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Saturday said around 90,000 people were affected in Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Karimganj and Cachar districts.

The ASDMA said 294 villages were under water and over 20,000 hectares of crop areas were inundated.

Till Friday, 1.65 lakh people were affected in the latest wave of flood across 14 districts in the state.

With inputs from News18


Published Date: Jul 23, 2017 01:38 pm | Updated Date: Jul 23, 2017 01:38 pm