Flood fury in Assam affects 25 lakh people; PM to announce special relief package

Assam is considered as the worst hit state in terms of facing recurring floods. This year also Assam faced another horrifying wave of floods which brought death and destruction. Around 29 districts out of the 33 districts were affected in floods this year affecting around 25 lakh people. The major problem arises for the 40,000 families which are solely dependent on their paddy fields and now due to floods, their land has been rendered uncultivable for 10 to 15 years owing to the deposition of land around 10 feet up.

The swirling flood waters claimed many lives in the state and there are multiple reasons behind these recurring floods in Assam that have been so dangerous. As of now, most of the people are forced to stay on embankments, highways and in relief camps but as soon as the water level will recede, there will be a much difficult task of dealing with epidemics like Japanese Encephalitis.

Majuli Island Crisis

The existential crisis of vulnerable Majuli Island is yet another major reason behind recurring floods in Assam. Majuli is basically the largest inhabited Riverine Island in the state. Majuli is located at the confluence of Subansiri and Brahmaputra rivers and after the Assam earthquake of 1950, the island has been rapidly eroding, as the Brahmaputra changes its course and erodes the soil from the island every year. Due to rise in water levels in the Ranganadi hydroelectric project, more water is released in Majuli district hence it becomes the victim of water's fiery pace. The administration is believed to be less proactive in this area hence a lack of planning has led to this situation where major embankments are damaged in east and central Majuli forcing the youngest district of the state to struggle for its survival.

Dearth of funds

As per the state government, the financial crunch has affected the maintenance of flood and erosion control infrastructure because floods cannot be prevented but can definitely be managed. The government's efforts should be towards mitigating the crisis rather than bring up facts and facts in front of people.

Flood fury in Kaziranga National Park

In these floods, Kaziranga National Park, around 80 percent of its area inundated at one point which later came down to around 62 percent, although 111 anti-poaching camps under Bokakhat, Agaratoli, Kohora, Bagori, Burapahar and Biswanathghat ranges were still under water. The number of wild animals which lost their lives due to drowning and running over by speeding vehicles on National Highway 37 is increasing every day. The animal corridor on the Kaziranga stretch is becoming a disaster.

Relief Package

The Assam government has sought an interim assistance of Rs 2,939 crore from the central government to deal with destruction caused by floods. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju toured flood-ravaged Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Majuli districts along with senior government officials to take stock of the situation.

As of now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Guwahati to review the damage caused by the recent Assam floods in the state and it is likely that Prime Minister may announce a special package for the state. Earlier, Centre has announced compensation of Rs. two lakh each under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the relatives of people killed and Rs. 50,000 to seriously injured persons in the recent flood in Assam.

The motive of Prime Minister's visit is to find a permanent solution for the Assam floods after carry out an on-the-spot assessment of flood damage.


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