Climate change and natural disaster: A case study of flood affected women of Assam, north-east
Northeast India is home to rich traditions and great diversity of cultures and languages. Equally, it is home to great tragedies-political, social as well as natural. The natural tragedies or disasters such as landslides, earthquakes, droughts, floods etc. affect populations on a large scale. The impact of floods on people in general and women in particular is immense and is most felt in Assam. In the lives of women, the floods take a heavy physical, mental, emotional and economic toll. In the rural areas they have to experience risk in their pregnancies, ill health, shortage of foods and pure drinking water. Poor sanitation facilities, early drop-out of girls from schools, early marriages etc. make the lives of women more pitiful. The current paper, therefore, makes a study of the impact of floods in the lives of women in Assam where the floods are recurrent due to the torrential rains and the rising level in the river Brahmaputra. Thus, this paper throws light on the impact of flood in general and on women life in particular. Further this paper will scrutinise the government policies and programme to cope up such natural hazard.