July 18, 2020
The updates streaming in from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) doesn’t get well on the ongoing deteriorating flood conditions clouded over Assam for weeks.
The monsoon trough is expected to gradually move towards the foothills of Himalayas from 18th July onwards. This condition upsurges the rainfall distribution and intensity over the northern and north-eastern part of the country from 18th and 19th July respectively.
It can further heighten the existing flood conditions in Assam. As per the report coming from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the flood situation on 17th July 2020 at 5:30 PM states over 3.57 million lives have been affected from across 28 districts of the state.
As many as 97 deaths have been recorded in total, with five deaths reported on Friday only, one each from the following districts – Dhubri, Darrang, Bongaigaon Goalpara and Kamrup.
As many as 711 relief camps have been set up across the state, sheltering 51,421 people. The deluge has affected crop of over more than 12 million hectares of land and about three million big, small and poultry animals. About 80 camps have been affected and six camps are being vacated out of the total 223 camps in Kaziranga National Park.
The report from DFO Eastern Assam Wildlife division states that 86 animals have died while 125 animals could be rescued in the flood. Two-thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhinoceros is found in Kaziranga park.
Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary and the RG Orange National Park have also been affected by 50 per cent each by the flood. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the situation with the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sorowal and has sanctioned ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of the kin of the persons who lost their lives due to floods in Assam, from PMNRF.
Dalai Lama has expressed his concern over the flood situation and has affirmed a donation towards the relief and rescue efforts from the Dalai Lama Trust. This type of heavy rainfall is a frequent sight every year for the residents of the state.
But this time, many other hazards have coupled along with it like the ongoing COVID pandemic and the fire at Oil India limited in Tinsukia (Since May 27), thus increasing the hardship to a greater level. One of the cries among those people has been the negligence of the situation by the whole of the nation.
Many local social media platforms are working towards increasing awareness of the grave situation they are facing, which they feel, could have grabbed a lot more attention if it had been elsewhere.
Even the absence of immediate relief from the Centre is being the talk of the town. Land and livelihoods are lost but lives are being saved by moving to higher lands.
It would be not so easy once the flood is punctured out as economic dependency and the stability of an income to run a family would be at a higher stake than anything else.
The vulnerability that many other hazards hang over the common people would never be dodged, but as people of Assam have shown years after years, they would restore soon to normalcy. That’s all our prayer and wishes for them.
Article Written By Nimai Ranjan Bibhar
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