131 dead and more than 47 lakh affected by floods in India’s North East
India's North-Eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh receive unprecedented rainfall causing floods.
Unprecedented torrential rains are causing a catastrophic disaster in India’s North East triggering floods and landslides. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), an extreme weather event has caused the North-East to receive above the normal range of rainfall in May and June this year.
As per data issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) on June 16, Meghalaya recorded 172% more rainfall than normal in the past week, Assam witnessed 100% more rainfall while Arunachal Pradesh recorded a 28% surplus than normal.
The IMD issued a fresh warning for heavy rainfall on Monday for all the North-Eastern states providing no relief from the torrential rains wreaking havoc.
The entire North-East region so far has unfortunately reported 131 deaths. Over 4.7 million people are at present affected by flooding across Assam. A total of 231,819 people who fled their homes to escape the flood waters are currently living in 1,425 relief camps, according to the state government.
Union Minister Amit Shah held conversations with chief ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma. He assured them that whatever help needed will be provided and said an inter-ministerial central team will soon visit the flood affected regions.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma chaired a review meeting with deputy commissioners of all districts and issued instructions to provide immediate relief to those affected by floods and not wait for official protocols and sanctions. “The district officials should ensure that relief measures including food and drinking water are provided immediately to those affected who reach relief camps instead of focusing on head counts and assessment. Medical check-up should also be conducted in the camps,” Sarma said.
According to experts the intensity of floods and devastation is increasing every year due to climate change. Unfortunately this story has been given no space by the media be it the woke left who are busy with Rahul Gandhi’s questioning or the right who are enjoying Maharashtra’s political circus. The alienation of our own North-Eastern people is real and does not end even in the face of a natural disaster.
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