Drowning State

Flood in Assam is a yearly natural calamity. Ever since the 1950 earthquake, when the river Brahmaputra — the main river flowing through the State changed its course, the flood has been a yearly affair in the State.

 

Over the years, with no other alternatives in hand, people have been compelled to live with this. However, when agriculture accounts for more than a third of Assam’s income, floods destroy lakhs of hectares of agricultural crop area in Assam. It causes severe loss of life and property, leaves the economy of the State in shambles.

 

This series of portraits aim to look at personal stories of families affected by the flood, many of whom are displaced families who have lost their agricultural land due to soil erosion. Others have been displaced and are without a permanent house. Many of them have been living in makeshift shelters.