The Prince of Panidihing

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The Prince of Panidihing Summary

The prince of Panidehing is a story of a flood situation in a rural area called Chitolia and how the people of the Chitolia responded to it. We all know what happens when it rains heavily during the monsoon season. During this season the villages which are situated near the rivers have to face many problems due to the flood.
In this story it was the monsoon season, it rained heavily all week. The swelling water of the Brahmaputra continued rising, Panic gripped Chitolia and its neighboring villages. As the village was situated near the Brahmaputra river. Khagen’s own village Borgaon was not far from there.

This story “Prince of Panidihing” circulate around the life of Khagen, a young man of seventeen who is called as “Prince of Panidehing” by the village folk and also by his classmates of Nitaipukhuri college.

One morning, a loud roar alerted the villagers., the villagers got a signal that something terrible had happened. Yes they were right, the embankment which was made to control the flood water at Chitolia village was breached. In no time, after the breach of embankment huge waves of water entered into the village. That was a horrible scene everywhere there was hue and cry. People of the village to save their life huddled on roof-tops of the Chang-ghars, livestock swept away.

The Prince of Panidihing

Khagen the prince of Panidehing was a brave fellow. After hearing the condition of Chitolia village, in a moment along with his friends with five banana rafts and one boat raced towards Chitolia village and rescued the villagers by bringing them to the high grounds of the school building.
After rescuing them Khagen and his friends arranged food and water for the men, women, and children sheltered in the school building,.The civil authorities at Demow were also informed immediately.
Khagen also helped Doctor Hatibaruah and his wife, they were stranded in their hospital quarters at kotiori.
The title “The Prince of Panidehing” was rightly given to Khagen. He deserves it, his bravery proved it.

1. Answer the following questions to check your understanding:


(a) Why did the people of Chitolia and the neighbouring villages panic?

Ans: The people of Chitolia and the neighbouring villages panicked because the water level of the Brahmaputra was rising alarmingly.


(b) What happened when the embankment at Chitolia village was breached?

Ans: When the embankment at Chitolia was breached, the flood water entered into the villages. In a moment water rose to the tops of the houses. All around, there were cries and wails of the villagers. People lost shelter, animals were swept away by the flood.


(c) What action did Khagen and his classmates take to rescue the villagers of Chitolia?

Ans:After hearing the condition of Chitolia village, in a moment Khagen along with his classmates with five banana rafts and one boat moved towards Chitolia village and rescued the villagers of Chitolia.

(d) How did Khagen and Dambaru rescue Dr. Hatibaruah and Moni Baidew?

Ans:Khagen and Dambaru reached to the medical where Dr. Hatibaruah and his wife Moni Baidew were stranded with great effort. They reached there after half an hour and took them into the boat with their bags. However, at some point of their journey, their boat got trapped in a whirlpool. Six people riding in the boat spilt in the water but somehow moved back to a higher place safely.


(e) Why did the people of the village call Khagen “The Prince of Panidihing”?

Ans: The people of the village called Khagen “the Prince of Panidihing” because Khagen was a brave brave and kind hearted. He was always ready to help others even by putting his own life in danger. He made his own team to do all sorts of social activities.

2. How much of the story do you remember ? Answer these questions quickly.

(a) Who was Khagen? How old was he?

Ans: Khagen was a brave boy who lived in Borgaon. He was seventeen years old.


(b) ‘It rained heavily all week.’ What was the result?

Ans: The result of after heavy and continuous rainfall for a week, the water level of the Brahmaputra kept rising. The whole village was flooded.


(c) ‘In moments, huge waves of water broke into the villages.’ What is this situation called?

Ans: ‘In moments, huge waves of water broke into the villages.’ This situation is called flood.


(d) “Khagen! you have saved our lives, given us a new life.” Who said this? Why did he say this?

Ans: The above line was said by the Doctor Hatibaruah. He said because Khagen rescued them from the flood by risking his own life.


3. Complete the following sentences in your words:

(a) The water rolled over some of the house-tops and __________________

(b) By the time the people of Chitolia were evacuated, __________________

(c) Half an hour latter, the boat reached the doctor’s house______________

(d) The boat took a U turn now and ___________________

(e) Dambaru and two other men somehow managed to catch________________

Ans: (a) The water rolled over some of the house-tops and the air quickly filled with hue and cry and wails of the village folk huddled on roof-tops of the chang-ghars.

(b) By the time the people of Chitolia were evacuated, and kept them on the high high areas in the school building.

(c) Half an hour later, the boat reached the doctor’s house but it narrowly missed crashing into the railing of the verandah of the doctor’s house.

(d) The boat took a U turn now and began to move swiftly with the current.

(e) Dambaru and the two other men somehow managed to catch hold of the capsized boat that had almost been swept away in the current.

4. Read the following. Use the clues to write a summary of the situation of Panidihing to be published in the local newspaper. Give a suitable title.

it rained heavily

panic gripped our village

the embankment was breached

villages took shelter on house-tops

villagers from neighboring villages rushed to help

the civil authority were also informed

in no time rafts and boats were made ready

hundreds of villagers were rescued along with their livestock

Ans: Panidihing submerged in water

Panidihing: 10th July: Due to heavy and continuous rainfall for a week, the recent situation is very critical in Panidihing. Panic gripped in Panidihing as it submerged under the overflowing water of the river Brahmaputra. The speedy current of the water breached the embankment of the river Brahmaputra. The villagers had to take shelters on their roof tops. The neighbouring villages came for their rescue and the local authorities at Demow were also informed. As part of quick remedy, rafts and boats were made ready and the affected villagers along with their livestock rescued to a safer location.

5. (a) Let’s learn some grammar:

Now read the lesson again and underline all the adverbs. Also find out the verb to which they are adding new information.


(b) Underline the adverbs in the sentences below and say what types they are.

(i) Khagen quickly grasped the situation.

(ii) He will stay here.

(iii) The civil authorities at Demow had to be informed immediately.

(iv) He had done it already.

(v) He is strong enough to steer the raft.

(vi) Since when has the doctor been stranded?

(vii) Moni Baidew is too afraid to board the boat.

Answer:

(i) quickly-Adverb of manner

(ii) here-Adverb of place or position

(iii) Immediately-Adverb of manner

(iv) already

(v) enough

(vi) since and when

(vii) too

8. Read this news item carefully:
Two die in Assam floods

Anil Nagar, July 16: Two persons, including a man and a woman were drowned in a devastating flood caused by heavy rains in Anil Nagar, Kamrup district, Assam. All the flood-affected people were however rescued and taken to the relief camps. The district administration sought the help of paramilitary forces in the rescue operation. Many NGOs also offered their help in the operation.

(b) Look at the kinds of information that are mentioned in the news item and find answers to the following questions:
(i) Where did the flood occur?
Answer: The flood occurred in Anil Nagar of Kamrup district, Assam.
(ii) How many people died in the flood?
Answer: Two people died in the flood.
(iii) What were the flood-affected people taken to?
Answer: The people who were affected by flood were taken to the relief camps.
(iv) Who helped the flood-affected people?

Answer: The district administration, the paramilitary force and the NGOs helped the flood-affected people.

(c) Imagine you are Khagen. Working with your partner, write a newspaper report on the floods and how they affected the lives of the people in your village and the neighbouring villages.
Answer:

Panidihing submerged under Brahmaputra’s Current

Panidihing, 16th June: In the recent heavy rainfall, the village of Panidihing submerged under the overflowing water of the river Brahmaputra. The speedy current of the river water breached the embankment of the village and panic of floodwater dominated the villagers within minutes. The villagers had to take shelters on their rooftops. The neighbouring villages came to their rescue and the local authorities were also informed. As part of quick remedy, rafts and boats were made ready and the affected villagers along with their livestock rescued to a safer location. Later, the village Primary School was converted to a temporary relief centre. More than 250 villagers had taken shelter there. The district administration responded to the situation rapidly and supplied food items and other necessary relief materials there. The government has ensured the villagers that a quick rehabilitation program will be launched soon after the flood gets over.

Your report should include the following:
(i) The headline
(ii) The dateline
(iii) Where and how the floods occurred
(iv) Damages caused to life and property
(v) How the people of the village responded to the crisis
(vi) How rescue operations were carried out
(vii) Where relief camps were set up
(viii) How many people were shifted to the relief camp
(ix) What steps the government took to provide relief and rehabilitation to the people

(9) What would you have done if you were Khagen? Write a diary entry describing your experience and actions on the day the floods occurred in your village. Use the information from the main text to write your entry.

Your diary page may include the following points:
(a) Date and time of making the entry
(b) How you alerted the people about the breach in the embankment
(iii) What steps you took to help your family and people of the village (including alerting the civil authorities)

Answer:
MY DIARY PAGE
24th June, 2021 10:00 pm

Today was horrible. Also the most thrilling day of my life. Early morning, the Brahmaputra breached our embankment of our village. Water, water and water everywhere. My home went down the level of water also. My neighbours were also panicking. I couldn’t see their tears. I decided to fight back. I called all my playmates boys and decided to make rafts of banana trees. We made seven of them. I urged everyone to mount on the rafts. We then sailed towards our village school. Later, we also dial up at 100 and asked for the help of the administration.

10. Project Work:
Imagine your village has been inundated by the floodwaters of the Brahmaputra. Discuss in your group what steps you will take as volunteers to provide relief to the flood victims of your village.


Draw up a plan of action.

The plan of action may include the following:
(a) Collecting donations for the flood-affected people, including clothes, food and other items of daily use
(b) Writing to various NGOs for help
(c) Writing to civil authorities for aid, on behalf of different individual victims and so on
(d) Giving company to the affected children and the elderly victims
(e) Providing first aid to the flood-affected people

Answer: As our village is amidst a big natural disaster, that is flood, I shall first make a group of boys in our villages. I shall first divide various roles among them all. The divided group members shall then perform his duties. We will have to collect a huge fund to help the flood-affected. We will have to distribute all the basic needs and other necessary items.
It will be our first and foremost duty to call the administration for help. I have heard that various NGOs also extend their support at the time of such catastrophes. Our team of volunteers will reach them seeking their help.

To see such a big trouble, small children will panic and elderly people will feel demotivated. So, we will have to build a plan for their entertainment, so that they can be distracted from the troubles of life.

In a relief camp, the first aid box is very essential. We will manage one for ready use.

11. Prepare a notice to be hung on your school noticeboard informing the students about a free health camp to help the flood victims.

Answer:

Kusumtola Anchalik High School, Sonitpur

NOTICE

Dated: 06th June, 2021

Free Health Camp

It is hereby notified that our school is going to organize a health camp at Kusumtola Village on 15th June. This camp aims to help the COVID-affected villagers of that village. For this purpose, the students are requested to provide their all-pervasive support to make that day successful. The interested students are requested to volunteer for the role of helpers of the team of doctors. They should submit their names to the undersigned latest by 10th of June.


Mr. Lalit Borah
Headmaster

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