India – 3 Dead in Assam as Flood Situation Worsens

The flood situation in Assam, India, has worsened over the last 3 days.

The annual monsoon flooding in Assam began around 25 June this year, when over 700 people were moved to relief camps after flooding caused by the overflowing Brahmaputra, Barak and Jia Bhoreli rivers. Further heavy rain on 04 July caused flooding which affected around 6,280 people in Lakhimpur and Biswanath districts, mostly in North Lakhimpur neighbourhood

Since then another round of rain from 08 July 2019 caused several rivers, including the Brahmaputra, the Dikhow, the Dhansiri, the Jia Bharali, the Puthimari and the Beki, to reach above danger level.

On 09 July Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that flooding had affected 62,400 people. By 10 July this figure had jumped to 207,100 across 11 districts. Three flood related fatalities were reported.

ASDMA said 530 villages are currently flooded in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat and Dibrugarh.

Of the 3 fatalities, 1 person was swept away by flood water in Golaghat and another in Dhemaji district. The third casualty died in a landslide in Kamrup district.

ASDMA said that 13,267.74 hectares of crop area has been damaged. Flooding has also caused severe erosions along riverbanks in areas of Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri and Baksa districts, said.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams with 10 boats have been deployed to assist with rescue and relief operations in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur. Relief supplies including food have been distributed in Golaghat, Jorhat, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur. Thirteen relief camps were also set up in the districts.

Featured photo: File photo for illustration only. NDRF rescue teams in Assam. Photo: NDRF

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