1 Week of Flooding Leaves 88 Dead in Meghalaya and Assam, India

Just as the flood water in Jammu and Kashmir started to recede, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding across the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya.

The heavy rain first began around 21 September 2014. The city of Gauhati in Assam saw 203 mm fall in just 24 hours between 21 and 22 September. By 22 September, at least 100 villages were flooded in the state of Meghalaya. Flood water has remained in vast areas of both states for 1 week and has left 88 people dead and over 1 million displaced.

Hundreds of relief camps have been set up for the flood victims. Teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Border Security Forces have been deployed in rescue and relief operations. Currently focus is on relief work since the majority of rescue operations where over 6,000 were rescued, have been completed.

The worst hit areas are thought to be Goalpara, Kamrup and Boko in Assam, and Tura and Garo Hills in Meghalaya. Landslides caused by the heavy rain and flooding, have been a major threat, especially in the more mountainous parts of Meghalaya.

Power supply in the the affected areas remains inconsistent. Some reports say that flood waters have started to recede in some areas, although levels of the major rivers – the Brahmaputra and Jingiram – still remain high.

Over 100,000 people were displaced by flooding in Assam state in August 2014 after monsoon rain caused the Brahmaputra, Jiadhal, Beki and other rivers to overflow.

Guwahati floods from the air, August 2014. Photo credit
Guwahati floods from the air, August 2014. Photo credit