India Floods – 80,000 Affected in Assam, Search for Missing Continues in Uttarakhand

Monsoon rains have brought flooding and landslides to several states in India over the last week. At least 30 people are dead or missing after floods in Chamoli and Pithoragarh Districts of Uttarakhand. The search continues for those still missing.

The heavy rain also caused a deadly landslide in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, where as many as 10 people have died.

In Assam state the flooding season has started in earnest and currently there are over 80,000 people affected by flooding in 4 districts.

Assam

Monsoon rains in river catchments have caused flooding in the northeastern state of Assam, India.

June and early July usually mark the beginning of the flood season in Assam, when the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries overflow as a result of the monsoon rains in Assam and upstream Arunachal Pradesh.

After several days of heavy rain from 01 July 2016, over 80,000 people and 4,000 hectares of crop land have been affected by recent flooding, according to Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA).

India’s Central Water Commission (CWC) report that the Brahmaputra River is flowing close to or above danger levels in around 16 locations, including Goalpara and Tezpur.

The worst affected district is Lakhimpur where 103 villages are currently inundated, affecting 68,000 people. The districts of Dhemaji (23 villages, 7,700 people), Nagaon (1 village, 340 people) and Jorhat (60 villages and 4,000 people) have also been affected. A bridge in Jorhat has been swept away by the floods.

No fatalities or injuries have been reported, and as of 04 July, there were no evacuations or reports of victims moving to relief camps.

This is the second time overflowing rivers have affected wide areas of the state in the space of 3 weeks. Over 13,000 were affected in the districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji from 14 June 2016.

In May, at least 11 people died in floods and landslides in Assam state after a period of heavy rain from 16 May, 2016. Six people died after a landslide in Hailakandi district and five died after a landslide in Karimganj District. A landslide also occurred in Dima Hasao district, although no fatalities were reported. In Karimganj District, as many as 68,000 people were also affected by floods. The flood water has since receded, according to ASDMA.

In April 2016, Assam experienced what was described as “pre-monsoon floods” where authorities said that areas in the the districts of Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Sivsagar were flooded, affecting 42,658 people.

Arunachal Pradesh

The monsoon is also active in the neighbouring states of Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.

On 01 July, at least 10 people died in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Bhalukpong, West Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh was also affected by the heavy rain in mid April. At least 16 people died in landslide triggered by the rain in Phamla village in Tawang district on Friday, 22 April 2016.

Search and rescue operations by NDRF after the Bhalukpong landslide, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: NDRF
Search and rescue operations by NDRF after the Bhalukpong landslide, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: NDRF
Search and rescue operations by NDRF after the Bhalukpong landslide, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: NDRF
Search and rescue operations by NDRF after the Bhalukpong landslide, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo: NDRF

Uttarakhand

Deadly floods have also affected the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in recent days, where over 30 people are dead or missing in the districts of Chamoli and Pithoragarh on 01 July 2016.

The search for the missing continues, carried out by emergency teams including personnel from Indo-Tibetan Border Police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police
Search operations after floods in Bastadi, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Photo: Indo-Tibetan Border Police