Gut-wrenching stories from Assam floods which have swept away villages displaced millions and killed over a hundred people


  • Roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructures have been damaged at various places in Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Chirang, Nagaon, Jorhat, Barpeta, Majuli districts.
  • The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Tezpur, Dhubri and Goalpara towns.
  • The floods, triggered by heavy rains, have inundated 122,573 hectares of crop area and have also damaged 30,605.
“There’s lots of water, Everything is underwater,” Mohammed Rahman told AFP. From the last few years, heavy floods in South Asia — especially Assam and Bangladesh — have destroyed a large number of homes, displaced millions of people and killed thousands.

Rahman lives in in Assam and is among the 4 million people affected by heavy floods in that part of South Asia this year. His home and all the roads in his village are destroyed. In Assam, heavy floods have claimed 123 lives.



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“Our houses have been underwater. Our houses have been damaged and many people lost their belongings,” another victim of Assam’s heavy floods told ANI.

In Bangladesh, Safar Ali wasn’t able to enter his house after the water level reached over his chest level. He says, all the houses in his village were underwater. Mosammat Parveen was forced to leave her house and find shelter after the floodwater crossed knee-level. More than a third of the land in Bangladesh is flooded.

This is a double whammy for local administration which is already struggling to battle with the coronavirus pandemic. The heavy floods were seen soon after the monsoon started in late June.

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The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Tezpur, Dhubri and Goalpara towns. Its tributaries Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Kopili, Beki and Sankosh at Golokoganj in Dhubri are also flowing above the danger levels at various places.


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Roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructures have been damaged at various places in Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Chirang, Nagaon, Jorhat, Barpeta, Majuli districts.

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Massive erosions have been witnessed at different places of Biswanath, South Salmara, Chirang and Majuli districts.The floods, triggered by heavy rains, have inundated 122,573 hectares of crop area and have also damaged 30,605.

Guwahati: An aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Assam, on July 24, 2020.IANS

The embankments created by the government to prevent the floods are in need of high maintenance.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday spoke to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the phone on the flood situation in Assam and expressed solidarity with the distressed people of the state.
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The district administrations have set up around 457 relief camps and distribution centres in 23 districts, where around 46,000 flood-hit people have taken shelter, according to IANS. However, over 2.5 million people have been affected by it, according to IANS.

The deluge in eastern and northeastern parts of India is nearly an annual affair but there is little preparation and maximum damage each time.

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