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Flooding in Indian State of Assam

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July 10th, 2009 Category: Floods

Assam State, India - July 8th, 2009

Assam State, India - July 8th, 2009

Half a million people have been stranded after floods inundated the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, reports the BBC. In Majuli, the world’s largest inhabited river island, a breach in the embankment left more than 100,000 people stranded.

India’s Brahmaputra River, visible here flowing through Assam near the city of Tezpur (left), was reported to be flowing through the state at a dangerously high level. Local officials warned the situation was worsening because most of the rivers in the state were still rising.

Floods in India usually occur during the monsoon season, which generally lasts from June to September. This time, officials have blamed the latest flooding on incessant rain in the Himalayas.

The districts worst affected by the flooding were Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Jorhat, according to a government spokesperson. The situation was said to be particularly bad in the sub-division of Dhakuwakhana, where the waters of the Brahmaputra had seeped through the unrepaired gaps of the embankment at Matmara.

As floodwaters breached river banks, vast tracts of arable land became submerged affecting more than 100,000 hectares of crops.

Local officials have been providing food to flood victims living in relief camps located on higher ground, but no relief measures have been taken for the thousands of trapped cattle and livestock.

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