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12 Jul 2019 | 02:40 AM UTC

India: Over 400,000 people affected by flooding in Assam state July 11

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Assam state officials report that over 400,000 people are being affected by significant flooding throughout the state as of July 11; further rainfall forecast in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/16/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Assam state

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Event

Significant flooding in Assam state is affecting around 423,000 residents as of Thursday, July 11. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 700 villages in 17 districts are experiencing flooding. Barpeta district is the worst affected area with 85,262 people impacted, followed by Dhemaji with 80,219 residents. At least three people were killed on Wednesday, July 10, in the districts of Golaghat, Dhemaji, and Kamrup Metropolitan in rain or flood-related incidents. Rescue operations are ongoing in inundated areas and police officers are being tasked to regularly patrol flood affected areas. Some areas have been isolated by the waters and landslides have been reported in parts of Guwahati since Tuesday, July 9, leaving at least one person dead. Associated transportation disruptions, including blocked or flooded roads, are anticipated throughout Assam state.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is forecasting widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls in isolated places in Assam state through Tuesday, July 16. Further flooding and associated damages and disruptions are possible in the coming days.

Context

India experiences severe rain during the monsoon season (June to October). Monsoon rains frequently cause flooding, landslides, telecommunications disruptions, evacuations, and transportation disruptions.

Advice

Individuals in the aforementioned areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, anticipate flooding along with transportation disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contract with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.

 

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