known as Tsangpo in Tibet, Siang or Dhang in Arunachal Pradesh and the
Jammu in Bangladesh, is the river orginating from Mansarovar to dominate
the landscape of North-East India. The mighty Brahmaputra cuts across the
entire state of Assam, subjecting it to the favour and fury of the river.
The river, being fed by mountainous tributaries from the Himalayas, is
unpredictable and erratic.
is a district spread on the north bank of the mighty river, and normally
bears the brunt of the river's fury. This year also, because of heavy
rainfall in the upper regions, the river inundated its banks and flooded
large areas in the plains, displacing thousands of people and destroying
property. The troops of 2 Mountain Artillery Brigade of Gajraj Corps were
requisitioned by DC Morigaon district.
boats were pressed into service and the most ravaged villages of
Chutiyagaon, Cinamari, Lahorghat, Tengaguri and Bhuragaon were identified
immediately. About 1000 marooned people were evacuated to safer places or
relief camps. Army doctors rendered medical assistance to nearly 3000
patients besides treating some serious victims of dehydration and
menorrhagia under field conditions. Serious patients were evacuated to
Nagaon district hospital for further treatment.
Some of the villagers did not want
to be evacuated because of fear of losing their belongings They wanted
food and medicines which were provided. Some locals have developed a self-defence
mechanism against the whimsical Brahmaputra and were seen perched up on machans,
bamboo rafts or little available high grounds clutching to their
belongings. Army troops left no stone unturned to rescue them using all
the available resources.
- Maj Jaideep Ghose