It is a story of two men and five monkeys – five golden langurs. All five are inhabitants of Bhashmachal – said to be the smallest inhabited river island in the world – located in the heart of the mighty Brahmaputra in Guwahati. Cut off from the rest of the world for over 25 days due to rise in the water level, they were literally starving for the past week until the district local administration on Friday sent them food and other essential items.
‘The priest and an assistant are the only human beings who live in the island and look after the Umananda Temple located there. Since boats and ferry services have remained suspended for the past 25 days, they ran out of food and were literally starving, until one of them got into contact with us through a family member who lives in the city’ said M. Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro). He in fact personally took a risky boat ride across the turbulent Brahmaputra on Friday, and took with him rice, dal, mustard oil, fruits and other foodstuff for them.
‘Most affected were five golden langurs who have been living in the island and are solely dependent on fruits offered to them by hundreds of pilgrims who visit the island temple every day. But with no pilgrim going there since suspension of boat services, the langurs too were starving’ informed Angamuthu.