Monsoon floods kill 104 in India

INDIA, 21 July 2020 – Monsoon floods have resulted in the death of 104 people and affected 3,500,000 people within 28 districts in Assam meanwhile 300,731 people are affected within 8 districts in Bihar.

The worst affected districts in Assam are Barpeta, Dhubri, and especially Morigaon where 420,384 people have been affected meanwhile Sithamari, Supaul, Muzaffarpur, and Sheohar are the worst affected districts in Bihar.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of downpour within Nepal which could perpetuate the current situation within Bihar and Assam.

The Brahmaputra river in Assam, the Adhwara, Bagmati, and Gandak river in Bihar are flowing above the danger level.

According to The Indian Forestry Department, over 80% of the Kaziranga National Park has been inundated and 66 wild animals including two rhinos have lost their lives.

128,495 hectares of agricultural land is currently affected by widespread flooding which will have a wide-ranging impact on livelihoods.

The flooding exacerbates existing impacts of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic outbreak when thousands of families have to take shelter on embankments, highways, schools, and raised platforms without any physical distancing measures.

The urgent needs are necessities particularly health services and safe drinking water.

Islamic Relief is currently coordinating and monitoring the situation on the ground while working closely with local authorities in exploring an immediate response for any eventualities.