2 Weeks of Flooding – 72 Villages Still Under Water in Assam, India

According to the latest available figures from Assam State Disaster Management Authority ( ASDMA), there are currently over 27,000 people in the state still affected by the floods that began with the onset of monsoon rainfall earlier this month.

The heavy rain in Assam state and other catchment increased levels of the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries. Many villages were under water by 08 June 2015.

By 12 June, the Brahmaputra river had overflowed, affecting over 300,000 people in 700 villages across 15 districts, in particular Barpeta, Sonitpur and Goalpara. Three people have died in the floods.

Since then the flood situation has improved, although 72 villages remain flooded in the districts of Barpeta, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Morigaon and Lakhimpur.

ASDMA have set up three relief camps in Tinsukia district, where a total of 198 people are currently staying. Nearly 1,600 hectares of crops and farmland are under water

India’s Central Water Commission (CWC) have issued 9 current flood forecasts, all of them for the Brahmaputra river, 8 of them in Assam state and the other for Domohani in West Bengal state.

CWC report that the Brahmaputra is above warning level at Badatighat, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Jorhat and Sonitpur in Assam, but the current trend is steady rather than rising.


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