Pre-monsoon rains submerge North-East

Pre-monsoon rains submerge North-East

While many parts of India faces an acute drought, parts of Northeast India are submerged due to pre-monsoon rains.

Over the last two weeks, incessant rainfall in a few states in the northeast has resulted in flood and extensive damage of crops. Close to 1 lakh people have been affected by flood in Assam alone on Monday.

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been reported to be worst hit by rain.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has released this data:

Dates Number of people affected
April 24 86,907
April 25 92,729
April 26 8,552

The worst rain affected districts are Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Charaideo, Cachar, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia.

Two persons in Dibrugarj and Cachar district have been reported missing.

“National and State Disaster Response Force (NDRF and SDRF) are appearing in field to help rescue people in distress. We are also coordinating with neighbouring states to learn about the everyday situation,” said Tripaljoyti Mazumdar, project officer at ASDMA.

Train services in Silchar-Lumding-Guwahati line are seriously affected since past two days due to landslide at four places between Lumding and Badarpur. Besides, nearly 5,000 hectares of crop land inundated by flood water on Monday and about 13,000 hectares of crop land reported under water on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, about 80 families have been affected in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang (38), Namsai and Deomali (42) districts.

“Rain has subsided since yesterday although parts of Changlang and Deomali districts remain worst affected by flood. People have been shifted to safer locations and relief materials have been provided,” said Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Authority. Read more

Among the other states, parts of Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura have received rainfall and hailstorm.

Last September, Assam floods affected lives of 7.3 lakh people in nearly 1,600 villages. Nearly 50 people were reported dead.

Although rainfall and flood are common in northeast, such pre-monsoon flood is a rare occurrence.

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