Updated: India – 150 Villages Affected as Flooding Continues in Assam

Update, 04 July 2017

The flood situation in the north eastern Indian state of Assam has worsened since our report of 30 June (see below).

According to a report of 02 July, 2017 by Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 270,000 people are affected by flooding in the state.

The worst hit districts are Lakhimpur and Karimganj. Other affected districts now include Golaghat, Cachar, Dhemjai and Biswanath, as well a Jorhat. Flood waters have receded in the districts of Sivasagar, Karbi-Anglong and Sontipur.

Numbers affected by district:

  • Lakhimpur – 81,338
  • Jorhat – 605
  • Cachar – 18,300
  • Dhemaji – 15,267
  • Biswanath – 275
  • Karimganj – 158,883

Just under 15,000 people are currently displaced and staying in 112 relief camps set up in Karimganj district. Relief camps have also been set up in Chachar and Biswanath districts, although the numbers displaced there are minimal.

Around 500 villages are now under water, including 150 villages in Lakhimpur district alone.

Almost 8,000 hectares of crops have been damaged in the state, with over 3,5000 hectares in Dhemaji.

Fatality

ASDMA said that the body of a victim was recovered on 01 July. It is thought that the victim drowned in the flooding Subansiri River in North Lakhimpur on 19 June.
River Levels

Rivers and Rainfall

According to figures from India’s Central Water Commission, as of 03 July, the Brahmaputra river at Dhubri, Dhubri district, stood at 28.54 metres (danger level is 28.62 metres) and was likely to rise further.

The Barak river at Annapurnaghat, Cachar district stood at 19.65 metres (danger level is 19.83 m) and showed signs of falling.

Rainfall

02 to 03 July, 2017

  • Gangtok 59.0 mm
  • North Lakhimpur 48.6 mm
  • Tezpur 133 mm

01 to 02 July

  • Gangtok 72 mm
  • North Lakhimpur 125 mm
  • Dhubri 57 mm
  • Tezpur 111 mm
  • Pet Jorhat 98 mm

30 June to 01 July

  • Gangtok 63 mm
  • North Lakhimpur 171 mm
  • Pet Jorhat 84 mm

Original report, 30 June 2017

Floods in Assam, north eastern India, have now affected over 95,000 people in as many as 150 villages, according to the state’s disaster officials.

This year’s first wave of flooding struck in early June. Some areas of Karimganj district have been under water for almost 1 month.

As of 26 June, five rivers were above danger level: the Dhansiri in Golaghat district, the Jia Bharali in Sontipur, the Barak in Cachar and Karimganj, the Katakha in Hailakandi and the Kushiyara in Karimganj.

ASDMA reported flooding in six districts: Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Karbi-Anglong, Sontipur and Karimganj.

Karimganj is by far the worst hit area, with around 85,000 people affected in 103 villages. Some villages in the district have been under water for almost 1 month.

Around 900 people have been displaced: 500 in Karimganj and 400 in Jorhat. Three relief camps have been set up by ASDMA.

Over 1,000 hectares of crops have suffered damage, in particular in Karimganj.

No fatalities have been reported by ASDMA as a result of the flooding in the six districts.

However, flash flooding on 13 June in the state capital, Guwahati, left at least 4 people dead, according to local media reports.

Three of the victims died when power cables fell into contact with flood water. The Times of India blamed poorly maintained conditions of electrification and reported that 410 people have died in Assam between 2010 and 2015 by being accidentally electrocuted.

Areas of Assam regularly see flooding at this time of year as Monsoon rains fall in catchment areas. Featured image: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal visits flood-hit areas of Assam, 28 July, 2016. Photo: Office of the Chief Minister, Assam