India – Death Toll Rises in Assam Floods

Over 2.4 million people are currently affected by monsoon flooding in the state of Assam, north eastern India.

Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) reported flooding in 2,265 villages and localities in 23 of the state’s 33 districts.

Over the last few days hundreds of people have been evacuated by teams from State (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Over 450 relief camps in 18 districts were housing around 46,000 people, as of 26 July.

Further flood-related fatalities were reported in the state over the weekend in Morigaon (1), Barpeta (2) and Kokrajhar (2) districts. More than 100 people have now died in the state as a result of this year’s monsoon floods. A further 26 people have died in rain-triggered landslides.

Major rivers remain high across the state. India’s Central Water Commission said the Brahmaputra, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Beki, Kopili and Kushiyara were still flowing above the danger level.

Flooding has damaged embankments, bridges, roads and houses. Over 100,000 hectares of crops or farmland is under water. Flood waters have also caused damage in the Kaziranga National Park, where 129 animals including rhinos are thought to have died.

ASDMA reported flooding in the districts of Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo and Dibrugarh.

Goalpara is the worst-hit with over 470,000 people affected, while more than 395,000 are affected in Barpeta and 333,000 in Morigaon.

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