Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has released a statement, declaring that almost 100,000 people have been affected by the flooding of Bramhaputra’s two tributaries- Burhidihing and Disang. Residents of districts such as Sivasagar, Charaideo, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh and Cachar are in severe danger.
Earlier this week it was reported that 31 relief camps have been set up to care for the displaced. Almost 5000 acres of crop fields have been negatively affected by the extensive flooding.
In many areas of North Eastern India, continuous rainfall over the last two weeks has resulted in widespread damage to life and property. Several areas in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland are also facing problems due to landslides caused by this rain.
On Thursday, the 28th of April, All India United Democratic Front leader Badruddin Ajmal raised the issue of the Assam Floods during the zero hour session in Parliament. He demanded that the Centre should provide a 1000 crore relief fund.
In 2015, extreme weather conditions had affected 1.5 million people in Assam. This year, Assam is said to have received 136% excess rainfall already.
The national media may be accused of insincere coverage of the Assam floods. Very few media houses are bringing the ongoing calamity into the spotlight.