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Floods and heavy rains, and the deaths and destruction caused by visits to the region each year are common to Assam and other states in the Northeast. But this year is different. Destruction is indestructible.

According to figures prepared by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), floods and landslides have reported 71 deaths since April, which started heavy rains in Assam till Sunday. Nine people were killed and eight were reported missing, including three children on Sunday.

Thirty-three of the state’s 35 districts are currently flooded, including 5,137 villages in 127 revenue circles. Several urban areas in the eight districts, including Guwahati, the state’s largest city, are also affected by the flood waters.

The state’s seven major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, are in many places overflowing with danger. The floods have affected 4.2 million residents in the water-affected districts. With over 1.2 million affected people, Barpeta is the most affected district, followed by Darrang with over 393,000.

A total of 1,147 relief camps have been opened by the state administration, including 403 relief centers, and 186,424 people have left their shelters to escape the flood waters. About 40,000 people are staying in camps in Hojai – the highest of all districts.

Flood water has taken a toll on pet animals and property. On Sunday, 812 animals and poultry were reported to have died and 181 homes, including animal shelters, were reported to have been completely or partially damaged.

By Sunday, crops in the area of ​​107,370 hectares were submerged. Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains have damaged a number of roads, banks and bridges across the state.

The magnitude of the destruction is putting pressure on defense and relief teams. On Sunday, more than 8,760 persons and more than 27,000 animals were rescued by 266 boats and state police and fire and emergency service personnel deployed by the National Disaster Management Force (NDRRF), the State Disaster Management Force (SDRF). In an unfortunate incident, a police officer and constable died in Nagao on Sunday.

Flood waters have reached the state’s national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and, as of Monday morning, 18% of the total area of ​​the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Protected Area (KNPTR) has sunk. Fifty-five of the total 223 burglary camps inside the park have been submerged, and seven pig deer and leopard have died while crossing the national highway near the park in search of highlands.

Assam is not the only state to be hit by floods and landslides in the region. Its neighboring Meghalaya has suffered death and destruction since May. According to the latest data compiled by the State Disaster Management Authority on Sunday, a total of 40 lives have been lost since April 1, 2022, with a total of 633,924 people affected by 918 villages.

A total of 4,370 homes have been completely or partially damaged, while 361 have been partially damaged as of Sunday. Currently, there are 36 relief camps currently housing 4,262 people.

More than 35 hectares of land is submerged or rendered unusable by sudden flooding. Large-scale damage to major roads across the state has been reported and there have been reports of massive infrastructure damage, including schools, markets and offices.

Arunachal Pradesh is the third state in the region to witness heavy rains and landslides last month. As of Sunday, 9 people have died in the state since April – most deaths due to landslides. A total of 524 homes were damaged in 87 villages and around 11,000 people were damaged by rain and landslides.

According to data provided by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on June 16, Meghalaya recorded 172% more rain than usual last week. 100% more rainfall in Assam and 28% more rainfall than normal in Arunachal Pradesh. Between June 1 and June 15, the statistics for these three states were 14% higher in Arunachal Pradesh, 47% higher in Assam and 133% higher in Meghalaya.

This is the second in a series of deaths and damages related to flooding and landslides that three states have seen since May this year. With three to four months of monsoon remaining, there are fears that the coming weeks could bring even worse news to the region. These states witness flooding each year, but people say the magnitude and nature of the destruction is much larger than in the past.

Incidentally, the other four states in the region have not recorded additional rainfall in the last fortnight. Rainfall in Nagaland in the first fortnight of June was 53% lower in Manipur, 45% lower in Mizoram and 39% less in Tripura.

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