Over the past few days, floods have affected more than 20,000 people in 5 districts of Assam state in northeastern India.
According to the latest report from the Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA), 43 villages in Bongaigon, Chirang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur counties were flooded, affecting 22,022 people. To accommodate the displaced persons, 20 relief camps have been set up. As of 18 August, only 2 camps were in use. The Chirang emergency camp had 405 residents and the Dhemaji camp had 365.
ASDMA added that 2,937 hectares of crops were damaged, particularly in the Bongaigaon area. A total of 27 roads were also damaged.
The Central Water Commission of India reported that as of August 18, the water level in the Jiabharali River in the Sontipur region exceeded a dangerous mark of 77.83 meters. The dangerous mark here is 77 meters.
Flooding in Assam came later than usual this year. Most of the years, the state suffers from severe flooding, which usually peaks in July and lasts until September. By early July, floods in the state affected more than 1.4 million people.