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Flood death toll exceeded 33% in 8.82% of Assam districts

On July 7, 2024, forest officials tried to drive away a wild elephant that had crossed the Brahmaputra river from a flood-hit area in Bahadia, adjacent to Harjo in Kamrup district.

On July 7, 2024, forest officials tried to drive away a wild elephant that had crossed the Brahmaputra river from a flood-hit area in Bahadia, adjacent to Harjo in Kamrup district. Photo credit: PTI

Guwahati

More than 33% of the deaths caused by two waves of floods in Assam since May came from the Barak Valley, which accounts for 8.82% of the state’s total geographical area.

The receding floods claimed the lives of five people on Wednesday, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). This brings the flood-related death toll to 84.

Two more deaths – both in Kamrup (metropolitan district) – have been separately classified under the urban flood category, and two others were killed near the Assam-Meghalaya border due to rain-related Landslide death.

One of the five people who died in the past 24 hours was the 22nd victim of floods in Cachar district of Barak Valley. Six more people died in the remaining two districts of the valley, four in Hailakandi and two in Karimganj.

The Barak Valley covers an area of ​​6,922 square kilometers, accounting for 8.82% of the total area of ​​Assam of 78,438 square kilometers.

People in the Barak Valley say annual floods cause as much or more damage to their area than in the much larger Brahmaputra Valley.

“While all districts in Assam are equally important, our district, with only two MPs and 15 MLAs, is not politically strong enough to attract enough attention or funds for flood management measures,” Silchar said retired chief engineer SR Swami.

He stressed that erosion of wetlands and natural drainage systems was the main reason for worsening flood conditions in the Barak Valley over the years, with 90 per cent of Silchar, the valley’s power hub, expected to be submerged by 2022.

“Three to four hours of rain resulted in waterlogging in the towns of Silchar, Hailakandi and Karimganj as the water could not drain out (towards Bangladesh) at the speed it should have. The valley also bore the brunt of the floods in the states of Manipur, Mizoram, Heavy rainfall in mountainous areas of Dimahasso district of Meghalaya and Assam. hinduism.

1.439 million people affected

An ASDMA spokesperson said that 14.39 lakh people are still affected in the 27 flood-hit districts of Assam, of which 45,620 people have taken shelter in 209 relief camps.

“Dubli remains the most affected district with 237,000 people displaced, followed by Cachar with 182,000 people displaced,” she said.

Like other parts of the state, the flood situation has also improved in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in east-central Assam. Forest officials said 51 of the park’s 233 anti-poaching camps remain under water up to 5 feet.

On Wednesday, tiger reserve authorities reported the death of four more animals – all hog deer. So far, 163 animals have died as a result of the floods, while a further 116 have been rescued, treated and released back into the wild.

“Contrary to popular belief, flooding is vital to Kaziranga’s unique ecosystem. Flooding washes away aquatic weeds and deposits silt, bringing new life to grasslands and woodlands.

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“Whether people like it or not, the best-adapted animals survive the floods, while the less-adapted animals perish. The fact that only two animals (hog deer) died this year due to vehicle collisions shows that Hwy. Improvements in management or patrolling.

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