• Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

Assam Floods 2024: Over 161,000 Affected, 26 Lives Lost and Karimganj District is among the worst affected areas

The flood situation in Assam remains dire as over 161,000 people in 15 districts are grappling with the devastating deluge. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has reported that the floods have claimed 26 lives so far this year. The latest fatality occurred in Hailakandi district on Tuesday when a person drowned in the floodwaters.

Karimganj district is among the worst affected areas, with more than 152,000 people, including 41,711 children, impacted by the rising waters. Floods have ravaged 225 villages under the Nilambazar, Ramkrishna Nagar, Karimganj and Badarpur revenue circles. The district administration has set up relief camps and distribution centres, sheltering 22,464 flood-affected individuals.

 According to ASDMA, the floods have submerged 470 villages across 28 revenue circles in the 15 affected districts, inundating 1378.64 hectares of crop area in 11 districts. The deluge has also affected 93,895 domestic animals in these regions, compounding the humanitarian and agricultural crisis.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been proactive in addressing the crisis. On June 15, he held a crucial meeting with civil and police administrations and Kaziranga National Park authorities to strategize the safety and security of the park’s wildlife during the flood season. Emphasizing the need for robust response mechanisms, the CM instructed officials to implement necessary measures promptly.

Kaziranga National Park, home to a significant population of one-horned rhinoceroses and other wildlife, faces heightened risks during floods. To safeguard the animals, the CM announced the deployment of three new commando battalions. These battalions are tasked with preventing accidents involving animals crossing the national highway and deterring poachers from exploiting the flood situation.In addition to the commando battalions, around 600 personnel from a newly formed forest battalion will be stationed at Kaziranga National Park. Their presence aims to enhance protection and ensure a swift response to any threats posed by the flooding.

The flood situation in Assam is a stark reminder of the state’s vulnerability to natural disasters. With over 161,000 people affected and significant damage to homes, crops, and livestock, the state faces a long road to recovery. The proactive measures taken by the Assam government, particularly the focus on protecting Kaziranga’s wildlife, highlight the multifaceted approach required to tackle such widespread calamities. As relief efforts continue, the resilience and cooperation of the people of Assam remain crucial in overcoming this crisis.

 

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