This north-eastern state of India, Assam gets flooded with heavy rainfall on the 2nd of July 2019. The Brahmaputra river which flows from the Himalayas into India and then through Bangladesh has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in the state. The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark in most of the affected districts including Guwahati. Besides, 10 more rivers in the state were showing the same situation, thus high alert was declared.
Floods and rain-induced landslides have so far killed 30 people. Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the number of flood-affected districts came down to 29 from 32 during the last 24 hours. But the number of flood-affected people increased by more than 12 lakh during this period to touch 57.52 lakh.
Over 87,000 hectares of the cropped area has been affected due to flood. Many roads and bridges are either partially or fully submerged. “Several roads and embankments have been eroded and approaches of bridges and culverts are washed away by the flood water. Assam, known for its fine quality tea battled floods due to heavy rains. Crops have been destroyed.
The rising floodwater level in Assam has put the life of wild animals of Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in danger and many wild animals are now moving out of the Kaziranga National Park to save their lives. Government sources said that about 80 percent of the Kaziranga National Park and 95 camps are submerged under floodwater. 3 one horned-Rhinos died because of the flood.
Nearly 1.5 lakh people shifted to relief camps in Assam over the last week. The State Government has set up over 300 relief camps and more than 16,000 inmates are taking shelter in the camps. These camps also provide food and drinking water facilities to the people. More than 1000 soldiers were deployed to provide help and rescue people who were badly stuck in floods. Many people from all over the country are donating money for Assam including celebrities as well. Your small donation may help to save someone’s life.