Flash Floods By Heavy Rain In Assam And Bihar Affect Nearly 33 Lakh People

The Koshi river which causes deadly floods and landslides almost every year is overflowing above the danger level and displacing many in Bihar.

Jessica David

July 15, 2020

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In Assam, there is no respite from flood fury. Nearly 33 lakh people have been affected in the second wave of floods in 28 districts. The death toll due to floods has gone up to 59 in the state. 45 thousand people are taking shelter at the relief camps.

Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhubri, Barpeta and Goalpara are among the worst affected districts. Rescue and relief measures are being carried out by the local administration, the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Several national parks and sanctuaries are also underwater, including the Kaziranga National Park.

In Bihar, the flood situation remains serious as rivers flow over the danger mark. On Monday (July 13, 2020), the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) warned Assam and Bihar of “severe flood” situation. Meanwhile, the Central Water Commission (CWC) issued a list of several rivers across the state whose water level is rising.

In Bihar, Koshi river and Gandak river at Dumaria Ghat in Gopalganj district continue to overflow in the severe situation, along with Bagmati river at Runnisaidpur in Sitamarhi district.

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