India – Assam Floods Death Toll Rises but Flooding Recedes in Some Districts

Assam Sate Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) says that flooding has started to recede in some districts of the north-east Indian state.

The medium-term outlook has improved, with a break in the heavy rainfall and levels of the Brahmaputra river stabilising. No further heavy rainfall is expected over north-eastern India in the coming days, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Currently there are 16 districts still affected by the floods, down from 20 districts at the peak of the floods earlier this month when 1.7 million were affected.

However, the floods in Assam have taken their toll. As many as 42 people have died in the most recent spate of flooding, and a total of 62 people have died as a result of flooding in Assam since the monsoon season began.

The districts of Dhubri and Morigaon are still struggling with high levels of flood water, with 493,000 people affected in Dhubri and 210,000 in Morigaon.

Indian Army carrying relief and rescue operations for flood victims in Assam, India. Photo: India MoD
Indian Army carrying out relief and rescue operations for flood victims in Assam, India. Photo: India MoD