Assam Flood, 2019
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Continuous heavy rain has flooded north-eastern state Assam. According to reports, the continuous rainfall for a month, recorded as 3200-4200 millilitre, destroyed the land. Assam has situated on the banks of Brahmaputra and Barak river. Both the rivers overflowed to land shattering lives.

Sumer Daimari, a resident of Assam, responded to The Woke Journal: “ Floods happened due to heavy rain. It has been raining for more than a month and all the big rivers overflowed. It has affected people in Assam. 30 districts of Assam are underwater. It has caused a huge loss to the state. This is almost the same as what happened to Kerala last time.” He was also a part of the relief activities in Kerala last year.

As per the daily report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), altogether 42.87 lakh people in 4,157 villages are reeling under the impact of the floods that have submerged 1,53,211 hectares of farmland in 30 districts.

The flood ruined most of the paddy fields and agricultural areas. Around 80000 hectares of land is underwater.

“The government is doing a similar kind of rescue and relief activities which was done in Kerala last year. We have chief minister relief fund and people are depositing money there. The government opened relief camps in higher areas and people who affected by flood shifted to there. Several NGOs and other organizations collecting essential things like food items, medicines, napkins for the people in the camp,” Sumer responded to Woke Journal.

Kaziranga National Park, a heritage site, which holds about two- thirds of world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses, got demolished during Assam flood. According to the media, Around 90 per cent of the Kaziranga is under the water.

“Most of the animals are looking for other places like Karbi Anglong hillside because they are not having enough food. It is also dangerous for people’s lives, who are already suffering. In fact, some of the animals died either in water and road accidents. Kaziranga road closed for more than 24 hours, but now it is open,” Sumer explained the condition of Kaziranga National Park.

“It will be a great challenge for people to restart their life. Because the impact of the flood is going to be a long run because people lost their house, agricultural land, occupation, etc. And it is going to affect people in different angles, like socio-cultural, economic, health, political aspects,” he added.

“The relief activities are going well so far. Climate has started to change and rainfall decreased. I hope the situation will be under control soon,” Sumer told the reporter.

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