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Children in flood-hit Dhemaji studying on road

By Correspondent

SILAPATHAR, Sept 13 � The recent floods in Dhemaji district have pushed a large number of school-going children into a state of uncertainty. Flood-hit families, whose houses have been washed away, are staying at temporary sheds on embankments.

Children at Tekjuri and Rekhachapari villages are studying on the road or the embankment and by the light of the candle at night as their schools are running.

Villagers, who have been affected due to the breach of the dyke following the rise in the water level of the Jiadhal river, said, �We cannot forget the day of August 23 which left us homeless. As the temporary sheds are congested, children are forced to sit on the road and study by the light of the candle.�

A villager pointed out that as the monsoon is not yet over, they cannot think of constructing new houses. �As only two months are left for the final examinations in schools, our women sit on the road along with the children to help them study,� he said.

More than 400 villagers are anxiously waiting for the monsoon to be over. The villagers of Tekjuri told this correspondent that the future of their children is bleak. �We depend on relief, but after a few days, it will stop and we will have to search new means of livelihood. Our children will also have to go to work. Such situations have compelled our youths to move to Kerala and other States in search of jobs. Whenever there is rainfall, there is misery all around for those staying at the relief camps as well as those who have returned to their homes as the breached portions of the dykes have not been plugged,� the villagers added.

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