India – Assam Floods Death Toll Increases to 76

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in India says that the death toll of this year’s monsoon floods in the north eastern state now stands at 76. Flooding has affected districts of the state since June this year.

However, ASDMA reports suggests that the flood situation in the state has improved over the last few days and flood waters have receded in some areas, with many being able to return to their homes. The numbers of those affected by flooding have fallen from 90,000 on 22 July to around 60,000 as of 24 July.

Areas still affected include Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Karimganj districts.

Floods in Majuli, Assam 13 July, 2017. Photo: Government of India

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 25, 2017
Event
Assam, India, Late June to July 2017
Date
June 25, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall
The first wave of flooding in Assam state began in early June, affecting the districts of Lakhimpur, Karimganj and Darrang. The flood water receded in many areas but heavy rain in late June. By 30 June, 95,000 people were affected, with most of them in Karimganj.  More rain in early July caused floods affecting 270,000 people in 6 districts: Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Cachar, Dhemaji, Biswanath, Karimganj. By mid July, flooding affected over 20 districts, in particular Jorhat, Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemjai, Biswanath, Karimganj, Barpeta, Karbi Anglong, Sinotpur, Darrang, Hojai, Majuli, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Nagaon.

Locations

A - Jorhat
B - Golaghat
C - Dhemjai
D - Karimganj
E - Sinotpur
F - Darrang
G - Lakhimpur
H - Kokrajhar

Magnitude

Rainfall level
70.2 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 11 to July 12, 2017
Rainfall level
74 mm in 24 hours
Dibrugarh - July 11 to July 12, 2017
All rainfall figures via Ogimet
Rainfall level
198 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 10 to July 11, 2017
Rainfall level
270 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 9 to July 10, 2017
Rainfall level
82 mm in 24 hours
Dibrugarh - July 9 to July 10, 2017
Rainfall level
65.8 mm in 24 hours
Gauhati - July 9 to July 10, 2017
Rainfall level
75 mm in 24 hours
Tezpur - July 9 to July 10, 2017
Rainfall level
200 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 8 to July 9, 2017
Rainfall level
58.8 mm in 24 hours
Dibrugarh - July 8 to July 9, 2017
Rainfall level
87 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 7 to July 8, 2017
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Gangtok - July 2 to July 3, 2017
Rainfall level
48.6 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 2 to July 3, 2017
Rainfall level
133 mm in 24 hours
Tezpur - July 2 to July 3, 2017
Rainfall level
125 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - July 1 to July 2, 2017
Rainfall level
72 mm in 24 hours
Gangtok - July 1 to July 2, 2017
Rainfall level
57 mm in 24 hours
Dhubri - July 1 to July 2, 2017
Rainfall level
111 mm in 24 hours
Tezpur - July 1 to July 2, 2017
Rainfall level
63 mm in 24 hours
Gangtok - June 30 to July 1, 2017
Rainfall level
171 mm in 24 hours
North Lakhimpur - June 30 to July 1, 2017
River level
28.54 metres
Brahmaputra river, Dhubri - July 3 to July 3, 2017
danger level is 28.62 metres
River level
19.65 metres
Barak river, Annapurna Ghat, Cachar district - July 3 to July 3, 2017
danger level is 19.83 metres
River level
65.47 metres
Brahmaputra river, Tezpur - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level is 65.23 metres
River level
15.31 metres
Kushiyara at Karimganj - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level is 14.94 metres
River level
29.51 metres
Brahmaputra river at Dhubri - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level is 28.62 metres
River level
36.61 metres
Brahmaputra river at Goalpara - July 14 to July 14, 2017
danger level is 36.27 metres

Damages

Fatalities
76 people
Assam - June 25 to July 24, 2017
Evacuated
48,483
July 12 to July 12, 2017
Over 4,000 of those displaced were in Lakhimpur; 5,500 in Kokrajhar and 5,600 in Golaghat.
Crop damage
140,837
Assam - June 25 to July 12, 2017