India – Assam Floods Worsen – 700 Villages Affected as Brahmaputra Levels Rise

The flood situation in Assam in north-east India has now affected 15 districts, as levels of the Brahmaputra and tributaries continue to rise. With heavy rains continuing in Arunachal Pradesh and upper Assam, the river levels are expected to rise further in the next few days.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the flooding has affected over 700 villages across the 15 districts of Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Jorhat, Kamrup, Baksa, Dibrugarh, Kamrup, Nagaon, Bongaigaon. At least 2 people have died in the floods in Assam since they first began on 07 June 2015. The deaths occurred in Bongaigaon and Lakhimpur districts.

ASDMA report that the flooding has affected 311,000 people and over 11,000 hectares of crops. Over half of those affected are in the 3 districts of Barpeta, Sonitpur and Goalpara. More than 40 roads, bridges and culverts have suffered damage in the flooding.

Levels of the Brahmaputra River

Yesterday, authorities reported that the Brahmaputra was flowing above the red mark Jorhat and Dhubri.

Dhubri

According to figures from India’s Central Water Commission (CWC), the Brahmaputra at Dhubri stood at 29.0 metres, as of 09:00 local time today, 12 June 2015, above both the warning level of 27.62 metres, and the danger level of 28.62 metres. The highest level recorded at Dhubri is 30.36 metres, from 1988. CWC report that 36.4 mm of rain fell in Dhubri yesterday and that the Brahmaputra at Dhubri is expected to rise further.

Jorhat

At Neamatighat in Jorhat district, the Brahmaputra stood at 85.22 metres, as of 12 pm local time today, 12 June 2015. The danger level here is 85.04 metres. CWC report that levels are currently steady at Neamatighat. The highest level recorded was in 1991, where the river reached 87.37 metres.

Weather Warnings

India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have issued weather warnings for the next few days for several states, particularly in the east.

They say from 12 to 15 June 2015, “heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at a few places with extremely heavy fall at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya” and also that “heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh”.

Assam Floods, 2012. Photo: ECHO
Assam Floods, 2012. Photo: ECHO