India – 2 Dead as Assam Hit by New Wave of Floods

Three districts in Assam have been hit with a new wave of floods from overflowing rivers.

The districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have been affected by flooding over the last 24 hours. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report that 2 people have been killed in the latest floods, which have affected 5,500 people across 20 villages.

India’s Central Water Commission (CWC) Flood Forecast department report that the Brahmaputra river is currently above danger levels at several stations in the districts of Dibrugarh, Dhubri, Barpeta, Sonitpur, Jorhat, Kamrup. However, they also report that the trend is either steady or falling.

CWC also report river levels are high in several locations in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. WMO report that the city of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh saw 127 mm of rain in 24 hours between 29 and 30 June 2015. Lucknow saw 54.2 mm of rain in the same period.

Monsoon Floods in Assam, 2015

Assam regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon rains in the state and in river catchment areas which swell the Assam’s rivers, in particular the Brahmaputra.

This year the first wave of floods struck around 07 to 08 June when several districts in the state were affected, including Barpeta, Sonitput, Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Lakhimpur.

The floods continued through June, and at their peak had left over 700 villages under water. By 23 June, two weeks after the flooding first began, over 70 villages were still flooded, most of them in the districts of Barpeta, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Morigaon and Lakhimpur.