Over 30,500 people have been affected in the first wave of floods in Assam. Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Darrang, Sonitpur and Goalpara are the suffering states.
Under the Assam Government’s Disaster Mitigation efforts, 33 relief camps have been set up in Goalpara District. 8,941 people have been provided shelters there. Reports say that, around 9,804 large animals, 1,750 small animals, and 500 poultry were affected due to the flood, but the positive side of this dark coin is, none of them was washed away. The flood resulted in a loss of around 579 hecatres of crop area, in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji.
The Puthimari River in Kamrup district and the Jia Bharali River in Sonitpur district have risen above the ‘danger level’. Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Udalguri witnessed erosion.
Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts have been directed to set up seperate cells which will take care of relief and rescue operations. According to him, the District Administrations are equipped with all preparations to carry out the rescue operations. They have been directed to provide all possible support to the people affected by floods.
Amidst the crisis of COVID-19 Pandemic, it is a challenge in front of the system, to stand tall against floods in Assam. It seems to be well equipped though. Stay tuned for further updates.