225 000 affected as third wave of flooding hits Assam, India

225 000 affected as third wave of flooding hits Assam, India

At least 225 000 people have been affected in nine districts of Assam, India, as the ongoing third wave of flooding worsens, officials of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) reported Sunday, September 27, 2020. Around 10 000 ha (25 000 acres) of cropland in 219 villages have been inundated, hundreds of people have taken shelter in 43 relief camps, and one person drowned in floodwaters.

ASDMA officials said in the third wave of floods, 225 000 people in 155 villages have been affected and one person has died in Nagaon District. The victim drowned in the floodwater at Kampur, where the Kopili River was flowing above the danger mark.

On Saturday, September 27, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat District, while the Jia Bharali was also above the danger levels in Sonitpur District.

As many as 40 000 domesticated animals were also affected in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, and West Karbi Anglong-- all of which have become marooned. Also among the worst-affected areas are Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, and Sivasagar.

The officials added that around 10 000 ha (25 000 acres) of cropland have been ravaged by floodwaters in 219 villages. Hundreds of people have been taking refuge in 43 relief camps, mostly in Nagaon.

Many other assets and infrastructures have been damaged, including roads, bridges, embankments, government buildings, and schools. 

Moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers are forecast over parts of West Assam on Tuesday, September 29.

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