India – Assam Floods Leave 5 More Dead as Brahmaputra and Tributaries Remain Above Danger Level

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) yesterday confirmed that 5 more people have died in the latest spate of flooding in the north-east Indian state that began in late August.

Officials in neighbouring Meghalaya say that the overflowing Brahmaputra River has flooded over 80 villages in the state.

Over 1.7 million people are currently affected by the flooding across 20 of the state’s 32 districts. Around 110,000 hectares of crops and farmland have been flooded. The districts currently affected are: Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Kamrup, Dhubri, Nagaon and Goalpara.

ASDMA also said that the Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri. Tributaries, including the Burhidehing, Dhansiri, Jia Bhoroli, Neki and Kushiyara are also flowing above the danger level.

The flooding has also forced 138,000 people from their homes and into 277 relief camps set up by ASDMA. The Indian Army and National Disaster Management Agency are working with ASDMA to carry out relief and rescue operations.

The death toll from the recent spate of floods now stands at 37 according to local media.

Indian Army carrying relief and rescue operations for flood victims in Assam, India. Photo: India MoD
Indian Army carrying relief and rescue operations for flood victims in Assam, India. Photo: India MoD
Indian Army carrying relief and rescue operations for flood victims in Assam, India. Photo: India MoD
Indian Army carrying relief and rescue operations for flood victims in Assam, India. Photo: India MoD

Meghalaya

Officials in Meghalaya say that over 40,000 people are currently affected by flooding from the overflowing Brahmaputra river in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district. As many as 86 villages have been affected. Disaster management authorities have set up 21 relief camps for those displaced by the flooding.