Floods Batter Assam, Over 4 Million Affected | 10 Points

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Rhinos with a calf at a highland during floods at the Kaziranga National Park. Photo Courtesy: MyGovAssam

Guwahati: Assam floods continue to wreak havoc across the state as the Brahmaputra has been maintaining a rising trend after crossing the danger mark. The ravaging flood has submerged 30 out of 33 districts in Assam leaving over 42.86 lakh people and 12.44 lakh animals stranded including big, small and poultry.

Fifteen human lives have been lost so far in Assam floods this year while incessant rains continue to ravage the state.

Devastating Assam floods put wildlife in peril. Photo Courtesy: MyGovAssam

The India Meteorological Department has declared a red colour warning for action for Assam on July 16th, 2019 as heavy rainfall is likely to continue over the state during the next 24 hours.

Here are the top 10 developments in the story:

  1.  Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on July 16th, 2019 conducted an aerial review of the flood situation in Assam. The Assam government on July 15th, 2019 issued a red alert as the Assam flood situation turned extremely critical.
  2. In Guwahati, the Brahmaputra has been swelling up and overflowing its bank in the Uzan Bazar area.
  3. 95 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park is pounded and 158 camps have been inundated by the devastating flood. The wild animals have moved to the hill area.
  4. Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 9.96 lakh people facing the flood fury, followed by Dhubri where 9.37 lakh people are hit. In Morigaon district, 5.63 lakh people are affected, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said. CM Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the prevailing flood situation at Krishnaguru Sevashram in Nasatra, Barpeta. Photo Courtesy: Twitter
  5. The devastating floods had washed away a vast stretch of a road along with a portion of the barbed wire fencing along the porous Indo-Bangla International Border (IB) at the Asmer-Alga area in South-Salmara Mankachar district of Assam.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 15th, 2019 called up Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take stock of the flood situation in the state. PM Modi enquired about measures taken by the Assam government to extend a helping hand to the marooned people, damage caused by flood and status of relief and rescue operations.
  7. As many as 15,583 people evacuated from flooded areas have been accommodated in 494 relief camps across the state. Road connectivity to Upper Assam has been cut off. Ferry services were suspended for over a week due to water strong currents.
  8. Agricultural activities in the state have also been affected with nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of agricultural land with standing crops damaged by the flood. 
State Minister Naba Kumar Doley went for an inspection today at Bagori Range, KNP. Photo Courtesy: MyGovAssam

9. 15 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 380 personnel, 38 deep divers and 48 IRB boats have been deployed to rescue people from flood-affected areas.

10. Bokakhat, through which NH-37 passes, has been cut off from the entire upper Assam due to floodwaters. The Golaghat district administration has restricted the movement of vehicles at Numaligarh and diverted traffic towards Guwahati via Diphu and Manja in neighbouring Karbi Anglong district.

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