From drought to floods in 45 days: Assam

Last Modified: Sat Aug 20 2016 05:20:45 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 45 days
    number of days since mid-June that much of South Asia has lurched from being water-parched to devasted by floods. Clearly, climate change is leading to fewer rainy days, but more intense rainfall on those days.
  • 3
    floods in Assam already this year with the South Asian summer monsoon barely halfway.
  • 49
    people killed as per official records.
  • 4.1 million
    people affected, Pallab Lochan Das, minister of state for disaster management, told legislators last week.
  • 29
    out of the 35 districts in the state are flood-hit.
  • 41,426 hectares
    of cropland had suffered “massive damages”. As the floodwaters of the Brahmaputra receded, farmers of Assam find their fields covered with sand on which they can grow nothing.
  • 21
    rare and endangered one-horned rhinoceros died as over 80% of the Kaziranga National Park was inundated. Elsewhere in the state, several thousands of animals died as well.