Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Thousands of thousands of people from several parts of Assam are now battling against heavy waves of the flood which is caused by a lingering rainy season and compounded by tropical storms. Nearly 1.7 million people have been affected in the ongoing wave of the flood that hit the state last month and five lakh displaced people have taken shelter in relief camps. Around 3 lakhs housing has already been destroyed by this devastating flood wave. According to the local media, the number of districts affected by this wave is raised to the 22, whereas people of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Jorhat and Morigaon are largely affected. The wave of the flood is also largely affecting several infrastructures of bridges and communication. The devastating floods that smashed through the Kaziranga National park, trapped and starved world heritage one horned Rhinos in waterlogged and deprived many other creatures of food and habitat. According to the media nearly 250 animals, including at least 20 one-horned rhinos, have died in this heavy wave of flood.
The problems like washing away thousands of villages, submerging paddy fields, drowning livestock, besides causing loss of human life and property of many people, are a few common major problems in Assam which leave by flood every year. But people of Assam can’t expect more than a few broken promise and fake sympathies from the central government. Even this year a visit by union minister Rajnath Singh proves the same. Like previous year, even this time people of Assam unfortunate to think “Are this year’s floods the worst ever?”, which means that the impacts of the flood in Assam is increasing day by day and it continued to be the burning problem of Assam. But it seems like our government is still silent and busy in dealing with superfast trains for mega cities. Even national media don’t have time to raise this issue in front of the government. These problems of negligence are suffering by people of Assam as well as North-East since last few decades. So, there is no point in asking our evergreen question “Why Assam or North-East is always ignored by central government and national media?”, because to the best of my knowledge, the central government is least interested in this region and national media are busy in TRP race. Even a few prominent people in national media, who belongs to Assam, don’t have time for their own state. Even at this crucial state, they are busy with their TRPs. What are the factors which stop or least interest or dither national media and the central government in covering this region?