10,000 Displaced by Assam Floods (Updated)

Update 26 June 2014

The overall situation appears to have improved and the number of displaced has now dropped to 8,921.

A total of 33 villages are still affected, which is down from 43 yesterday. However the flooding has now spread to affect the district of Kamrup, as well as Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang and Udalguri.

River Levels

According to India’s Central Water Commission (CWC), the Brahmaputra at Neamatighat, the Jiabharali in Sonitpur district and the Beki in Barpeta district are flowing above the danger level.

Original Report 25 June 2014

Late June nearly always means floods in Assam, India. This year is no different, and Assam officials have reported that over 25,000 people have been affected by flooding over the last 2 days. Nearly 10,000 people have been displaced. Five relief camps in Darrang and Udalguri have been set up.

The flooding is a result of the monsoon rains in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The monsoon is said to be late arriving this year, with many forecasters predicting it to bring 5% less rainfall than average. Even so, levels of the Brahmaputra river at Numaligarh and Jia Bhoreli river in Sonitpur are dangerously high. Heavy rainfall in Arunachal Pradesh – situated in the mountainous region to the north – often means problems for Assam. In particular heavy rainfall there feeds the Jia Bhoreli (Kameng) and the Dibang and Lohit rivers, which are tributaries of the Brahmaputra river.

State Disaster Management Authority officials in Assam said that 9,528 people from around 43 separate villages in Assam have already left their homes to stay in relief camps and temporary accommodation after floods struck in four districts on Monday 23 June 2014. The four districts are Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang and Udalguri.

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Assam is no stranger to flooding:
An aerial view of flood-affected areas of Assam, July 2012. Photo Courtesy: Press Information Bureau, India