India – Over 250,000 People Affected Across 700 Villages as Floods Worsen in Assam

Disaster management authorities in the state of Assam, northeastern India, report that flooding has worsened over the last few days with 16 of the state’s 34 districts now affected. Rovers are above the danger mark in 8 locations.

Flood rescue Assam India August 2021. Photo: NDRF Guwahati

India’s Central Water Commission reported the Brahmaputra river is above danger levels in Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, Jorhat and Kamrup districts. Also above the danger mark are the Subansiri in Lakhimpur, the Jiabharali in Sonitpur and the Beki in Barpeta.

In a report of 29 August, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said a total of 258,191 people have now been affected by the floods across 732 villages in 16 districts.

The worst affected districts are Lakhimpur (105,257 people affected), Majuli (57,256) and Dhemaji (35,539). As of 29 August 6,218 people had moved from their homes to relief camps set up by the state government, mostly in Chirang District where 5,637 people were housed.

Around 50 people have been rescued by teams from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Around 9 roads have been severely damaged and over 60 houses completely destroyed including 40 in Bongaigaon district, 16 in Lakhimpur and Sivasagar.

The list of affected districts includes: Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia.

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