At least 102 dead, 2.5 million affected by severe flooding in India’s Assam

At least 102 have died due to floods in the north-eastern state of India, Assam. Deaths were due to drowning, landslides and electrocution.

As on Sunday, nearly 2.5 million people in 2,265 villages in 23 of the state’s 33 districts were still affected by floods. Goalpara was the worst affected district followed by Barpeta and Morigaon.

Thousands of people are taking shelter in 457 relief camps.

The floods are due to excess Summer Monsoon which overflowed of the Brahmaputra river. The meteorological department has recorded 30% excess rains.

Initial flooding started in May 2020 due to heavy rainfall affecting 30,000 and destroying crops across 5 districts. Till July, the floods affected around 2 to 3 million in 27 districts and claiming the lives of more than 60 people.

More than half of the area of Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are affected by floods forcing animals to move to other places.

Meanwhile, another Indian state, Bihar, the water level of the Ganga river was breaching the danger mark at several locations. 1.5 million people across 11 districts have been affected due to floods.