mandag 18. desember 2017

The China-India row that spells disaster for flood victims

"This river has displaced me five times already," Bimati Hajarika says, pointing at the Brahmaputra river in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. "My past four villages remain under those waters there," the 60-year-old adds.

After being driven out of four different homes by the floods, she now lives in a makeshift hut erected on bamboo pillars. But she is anxious that her home is once again under threat. "I don't know where I would go if the river floods again." Many villages the BBC visited in the state had similar stories. Elderly villagers pointed at the water to show where their villages once stood before floods displaced them, again and again.

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