India – Assam Floods Leave 1 Dead, 9,000 Displaced

The annual floods in the state of Assam, north-east India, have started.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report that six districts in the state have been affected so far: Barpeta, Sonitput, Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Lakhimpur, affecting over 30,000 people. Over 100 villages are currently under water and 50 houses reported damaged and 3 destroyed. ASDMA also report that 1 person has died in the floods in Bongaigaon.

Evacuation operations are in full swing, with 12 relief camps already set up in Kokrajhar, housing over 9,000 displaced. Local media report that the floods have been caused by tributaries of the Brahmaputra river. River levels have increased over the last few days after heavy rainfall in Assam and river catchment areas upstream.

June Marks the Start of Flood Season in Assam

June regularly marks the start of the flood season in Assam, when the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries overflow as a result of the monsoon rains in Assam and upstream Arunachal Pradesh.

Last year the flooding in Assam began around 23 June 2014, forcing 9,528 people from their homes in the districts of Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang and Udalguri.

In 2013 the flooding started early, arriving in May, when the city of Jorhat was flooded, although the 2013 flood season began in earnest June when Dhemaji, Sisiborgaon, Golaghat, Kamrup, Karimganj and Jorhat were affected.

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Floods in Assam, India