Along with the coronavirus pandemic, the state of Assam has been once again compelled to battle another yearly human misery of flood, erosion and landslide. This is the second wave of flood that has affected the state of Assam at the moment. There has been incessant rainfall across Assam and as a result the state’s most important and biggest river, the mighty Brahmaputra has swelled up beyond limits and its tributaries are engaged in the inundation of fresh areas each day. The Brahmaputra has reached far beyond the danger level in several locations across the state, according to the Central Water Commission. The flood is so massive that 21 out of the state’s 33 districts are reeling under flood water.
The recent flood in Assam has worsened the situation in state. More than 4.6 lakh people have been affected, 16 districts and 704 villages are among the worst hit by the flood.The state government and local bodies have established more than 30 relief camps in six districts where more than 18,000 people have been shifted so far.
The Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger point and the MET officials have predicted heavy rains in the coming two days.
CM of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal has asked government officials to start immediate relief work. The most affected areas are Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Majuli. SSDMF teams have reported that two persons have died due to flood in Dibrugarh.The flood has been affected around 1000 hectares of crops, following which thousands of domestic animals and poultry have also been affected.According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the highest number of flood hit people are from Goalpara, Nalbari and Dibrugarh.
The Kaziranga National Park has also been severely affected by the flood.
Although floods are an annual phenomenon in the state, they are known to bring about immense destruction to the river embankments, roads and bridges and other public property. The damage this time around, is still being evaluated by the authorities.