Tens of thousands of people have sought refuge in government-run relief camps as heavy monsoon rains continue to pummel villages in India’s northeast. According to a government relief agency report on Friday, one person has already lost their life in the floodwaters this week.

The state of Assam is on red alert and taking precautions for further downpours this weekend by evacuating residents from low-lying areas.

Nearly 14,000 individuals currently reside in 83 relief camps operated by the Assam state government across 20 out of the 31 districts, as stated by the state disaster management agency. Overall, close to 500,000 people have been affected by the monsoon floods in the state.

“We have fully mobilized our rescue agencies to address the situation in vulnerable and severely affected locations,” stated G.D. Tripathi, an official from the state government.

The Brahmaputra River, one of Asia’s largest rivers, experiences annual flooding. It flows across 800 miles of Assam state before reaching Bangladesh, which shares a 160-mile border with Assam.


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Flood-affected people transport cattle in Nalbari district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, on June 21, 2023.


Mudslides triggered by heavy rains have occurred in several parts of Assam and Sikkim states, as mentioned in the statement.

In the neighboring state of Meghalaya, a mudslide destroyed a boundary wall of a large sports stadium and caused damage to several parked vehicles, according to media reports.

In 2022, floods in India and Bangladesh resulted in over a dozen fatalities and rendered millions homeless.

The monsoon rains arrive annually in June-September, playing a vital role in irrigating crops planted during this season but also causing significant destruction.

There has been a shift in the monsoon patterns since the 1950s, with longer drought periods interspersed with heavy rainfall, as stated by Roxy Mathew Koll, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune. Scientists believe that climate change contributes to these erratic rains, leading to unprecedented floods in Bangladesh and northeastern India, resulting in the loss of lives and the suffering of millions of people.

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