India – Days of Heavy Rain Cause Floods and Landslides in North East

Heavy rain that began around 25 October has caused flooding and landslides in the states of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur in northeastern India.

Troops from Assam rifles and Indian Army carry out rescues in Nagaland, India, October 2019. Photo: Assam Rifles

India’s Central Water Commission said that the Dhansiri South river was at Severe Flood level in at Numaligarh and Golaghat in Assam. Levels are likely to remain high for the next 2 days. The River Kopili at Kampur in Nagaon District was also at Severe Flood level as of 28 October.

Media reports said floodwaters have submerged over 100 villages in Nagaon, Hojai, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat districts, affecting over 10,000 people.

The Dhansiri and Diphu rivers have caused flooding in the neighbouring state of Nagaland, in particular in Dimapur district, where around 300 families have been affected. The heavy rain also caused landslides in Phek district.

Military personnel from the Indian Army and Assam Rifles have carried out rescues and evacuations. According to media reports, 2 people have died in Dimapur as a result of flooding in Nagaland.

Nagaland’s Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, visited some of the affected areas in Dimapur on 27 October. He said, “all concerned agencies are working round-the-clock. I appeal to all to stay safe and lend a helping hand to those in need.”

Meanwhile in neighbouring Manipur State, around 70 families have been displaced by flooding in Jiribam district. The Jiri river, which runs along the border with Assam state, broke its banks on 27 October, 2019.

A landslide in Kangpokpi district has blocked an important highway, causing severe traffic problems.

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