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Brahmaputra River Basin Resilience Building Programme (Phase III)

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The Project Context & Background

The eastern part of Upper Brahmaputra Basin represents a severe floodplain area in the state of Assam. Being located in the floodplain along the river bank of Brahmaputra, Jhanjimukh pocket of the district Jorhat is highly prone to water induced hazards such as flood, flash flood, river bank erosion and land degradation. The area represents numerous severe flood-prone villages where the landscape of river Brahmaputra and its tributary rivers like Jhanji and Morijhanji are comparatively high and have deep channels right from the upper catchment area of Arunachal Pradesh and the hills of Nagaland. Due to excessive and dynamic rainfall in the catchment areas and in the neighboring hill state, the river get charged with enormous quantity of silt and in their movement the river alter the condition of flow and sometime changes the river courses causing untold miseries to the people living in the downstream riverine areas. Flood and river bank erosion affect all aspects of the land, lives, and livelihoods of communities living in the region to a significant degree, leaving people homeless and displaced, destroy crops, damage public property, and damage development infrastructure. Moreover, annual cycles of flooding cripple people’s resilience and intensify the poverty spiral. Jhanjimukh is one of the most backward, poorest and almost entirely isolated area in the southern bank of Brahmaputra river valley in the district of Jorhat. The place is inhabited by different people groups including the Assamese, Mising, Fisherman community and Muslim etc. on the bank of in the main stream of the Brahmaputra river. The area is positioned in a place where mighty river Brahmaputra is being merged with two of its tributaries namely— Jhanji & Mori Jhanji.

The Goal

Develop resilience of communities in targeted areas of the Brahmaputra Valley in Assam (1 District and 15 Villages) to face natural disasters like floods and other emerging hazards – with a focus on the most vulnerable sections like women, children, elderly persons and people with disability.

Overall Objectives

Targeted communities in project villages are able to identify, understand disaster risk, to plan and to take actions to reduce community vulnerabilities to disasters especially the vulnerabilities of women, by themselves and with support from government, CSOs and the private sector.

Major Thrust Area of Work

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH)
  • Food Security & Livelihood
  • Institution Building, Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Advocacy / Building Networking & Linkages

Project Geographic Location & Information

Total Households for intervention 1360 HHs
Number of villages for direct intervention 15
Number of Gram Panchayats 2 G.P.
Name of Block/s of intervention Koliapani Block
Name of District/s of Intervention Jorhat