More than 55 lakh people affected due to floods in Assam

Since the beginning of June, Assam has recorded 556.6 mm precipitation — a whopping 89% ‘large excess’ as compared to its long-term average for the period between June 1 to 21 (294 mm). To add to it, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more heavy rains across Assam from June 23-26.

Owing to these persistent downpours and the resultant floods and landslides, the statewide death toll as of June 21 has risen to 88!

Over 5000 villages remain affected due to rivers flowing above the danger levels. The worst affected is the town of Kampur, which has completely submerged under water, thereby forcing Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma to visit and take stock of the flood situation on June 22.

Furthermore, the Silchar town in the Cachar district is also under floodwaters.

Unprecedented rainfall and flooding have left behind a trail of destruction in Assam and other states, as well as parts of neighbouring Bangladesh – submerging villages, destroying crops, and wrecking homes.

In UNESCO world heritage site Kaziranga National Park, 42 out of 233 camps are currently inundated, and eight animals are dead. A team from the Centre is expected to visit Assam and Meghalaya to assess the damage.

The Indian army and paramilitary troops have been called in to help with rescue and relief operations, and over 1,000 people have been evacuated in the past 72 hours.

Source – The Waether Channel

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