Flash Flood in Hamren Town

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent and photojournalist based in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.

Guwahati, September 3: Assam floods, which already affected 1.4 million people throughout the state claimed three more lives, Thursday.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority reported two people died in Tinsukia district and one in Dibrugarh district.

The Brahmaputra and many tributaries are above danger level following incessant rains, which flooded more than 67 forest camps in Kaziranga National Park.

“We have taken all necessary measures to protect wild animals including one horned rhinoceros during the flood,” a Kaziranga National Park official said.

The floods affected a total of 13,78,540 people in 2199 villages in 19 districts.

District administrations set up 385 relief camps, to cater for 2,66,908 persons.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority reported 2,19,250 people affected in Barpeta district of lower Assam following 1,50,141 in Dhemaji, 1,43076 in Darrang, 1,37,390 in Dibrugarh, 1,28,499 in Nalbari and 1,26,535 in Sonitpur district.

More than 1,76,559 hectares of crops are under water in the 19 districts: Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Goalpara, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Baska, Nalbari, kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Golaghat and Nagaon.

Flash floods affected many areas, and Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya shattered the world record for rainfall in 24 hours.

Rain in hilly areas caused a flash flood in Hamren Town due to the removal of too many trees, leading to the loss of topsoil.