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Floods: Hope, relations washed away


Floods: Hope, relations washed away

Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 8

Floods have affected everything, including relations which are yet to be materialised. Marriage proposals, which were in process of finalisation or reached at almost final stage, were wiped out.

The dreams of getting married and starting a new life had started taking shape on 19-year-old Usha Rani’s (name changed) mind when the family of the man she was getting married to came to their house and asked to finalise the date. The very next day floods washed away everything along with savings her parents had kept for the marriage. Her family in Mundi Cholian village had planned to do marriage within a month but now they are left with no other option but to postpone it.

This is the sad tale of the families who had saved for their daughter’s marriages throughout their lives and now that everything has gone, the families are in a dilemma whether they should gather themselves first or think of marriage.

New permutations and combinations have started taking shape. Now, shape of relations will depend upon the gravity of loss caused by floods.

Usha Rani’s mother Dalip Kaur said that after years of hard work they had gathered money and ornaments for her daughter’s marriage, but she was still finding out what had got washed away and what was left with her. “We have lost our cattle. Our kutcha house has developed cracks. There is knee-deep water in the house,” the worried mother said.

Harmesh Singh of the same village is also disturbed. Marriage of his 20-year-old sister Kirpal Kaur (name changed) is due next month. He had bought a washing machine and a bed for her marriage which are now redundant. Singh says his father has been unable to work for the last 12 years due to fracture in his leg.

Harmesh is the only one earning. The crop on two-acre land he owned and the other two acre which he had taken on lease has got destroyed due to the rain fury.

His father Gurbachan Singh says, “Three days before floods hit our village, the groom’s family had asked us to fix the marriage date. After that, the catastrophe destroyed everything and now we are waiting for the water to recede fully and then we will think about marriage. Also we will have to tell them that there is not much left with us now.”

Another villager, Tarsem Kaur, had kept the savings for her daughter’s marriage in a protected manner, but now she finds nothing in the submerged house. “We had a meeting due with the family of the boy. “We had a mediator who was going to arrange the meet. We had thought that if everything goes well, within 15 days, we would get our 20-year-old daughter Sangeeta Rani (name changed) married,” Kaur said, adding that after this disaster, it was too difficult to arrange them together and start a new life.

The sufferers said that no one else could have even a slight feeling of the problems these flood-affected villagers have been facing. For the outer world, this deluge means only about flooding, water receding, schools opened and electricity connection restored, but only the people of this area know what havoc this has brought and what hopes and desires have been washed away by the flood.

House, cattle lost

After years of hard work, we gathered money and ornaments for our daughter’s marriage. I am still finding out what got washed away and what remains with us. We have lost our cattle. Our kutcha house has developed cracks. Dalip Kaur

Not much left

Three days before floods hit our village, groom’s family had asked us to fix the marriage date. Now, we are waiting for the water to recede fully and then we will think about marriage. We will tell them that there is not much left with us. Gurbachan Singh

Dream shattered

A mediator was about to arrange our meeting with a family for our daughter's marriage. We had thought that if everything went well, we will get married our daughter within 15 days. Now, it is difficult to start a new life. Tarsem Kaur

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