ASSAM FLOODS DATE: 18.10.04 at 11.15 Hrs.

The incessant rains in the whole of and its catchment areas in neighbouring States started since 6-10-04 triggering the third wave of floods. The affected Districts are Kamrup( Metro) ,, , Karbi Anglong, , Kamrup(Rural), Morigaon, Sonitpur, Darrang ,, , Dhemaji, and Lakhimpur, where large areas have been submerged. 1.25 million people were affected by the current floods and Landslides.


No. of Districts affected 14 No. of villages affected 1661 Loss of lives 210 Loss of Cattle 2262 Houses damaged (Fully) 34,811 Housed damaged( Partially) under assessment Total population affected 12,50,807 Total crop area affected 71,727.36 hectares Total area affected 2,90,028.40 hectares Relief Camps 495 nos. Inmates in Relief Camps 86,480 Total Hand Tube-Wells Installed 187 nos. Teams Deployed Total Medical 10 nos.( in GLP ,Metro&Morigaon ) Loss of Agriculture Land (Due to Erosion) Under assessment (Due to change of river course) Under assessment

Source Revenue Deptt


In the city of , many areas such as Anilnagar, Nabinnagar, Tarunnagar, Bhaskarnagar, Chandmari, Dhirenpara and Ujjal Nagar etc have been badly affected due to inundation. In Kamrup ( Metro ) district Khetri-Maloibari ,Sonapur-Umdang,Dhupguri-Oujari road, Tetelia- Maloibari ,Chamata roads have been damaged. Available rubber boats were used for rescue. About 0.2 million people have been affected in Guwahati alone. In the city of Guwahati, 18 persons have lost their lives (6 on 7-10-04 and 11 on 8-10-04) due to landslides. In addition, one person was electrocuted and one person lost his life due to drowning in the city, bringing the total death toll in the metropolis to 19. On 8-10-04, considering the seriousness of the situation, Army and Police personnel were called in for rescuing the marooned people with the help of 10 Army Bauts, and 3 country boats in the city. 53 persons were rescued and 7400 people were sheltered in 16 relief camps. Doctors' teams also have been moving in the flood-affected areas to provide necessary medical assistance.

In , many areas between Goalpara town and Dudhnoi to the north of the National Highway 37 have been badly affected due to flash floods caused by water coming from Garo hills of neighbouring State. Marooned people had to be rescued using helicopter and 16 people were rescued on 8-10- 04. According to the report sent by Deputy Commissioner Goalpara over phone, 22 drowned in Krishnai area on 8-10-04. Number of dead increased to 170 as on 14-10-04. So far 66 relief camps have been opened in Goalpara district and 71,000 people have taken shelter. One bridge on the National Highway on Bolbola River near Goalpara has been threatened by floodwaters as reported by the Deputy Commissioner. On 9-10-04, two Air force helicopters were pressed in to service to rescue marooned people in Krishnai and Bolbola areas.

In Nagaon district, flood waters of Kopili inundated many areas in Kampur, Raha and circles. Jamuna River also inundated areas in Doboka circle of Nagaon district disrupting road communication between Doboka and . On 8-10-04, National Highway was overtopped at Nellie. Deputy commissioner Nagaon reported on 11-10-04 that the floodwaters over the NH-37 receded. However one RCC Bridge was badly affected on 10-10- 04 morning after which vehicular traffic between Guwahati and Upper Assam was totally disrupted. In Nagaon district, road communication has been disrupted at Kampur- Baithalangshu, Kampur-Bakulguri, Kampur – Kathiatuli as the NH-37 damaged at Raha due to RCC bridge collapse. Army help has been sought for restoration. In the district about five lakh people have been affected by the current flood. River Kopili was flowing at 1.18 metres above danger level on 10-10-04. One death due to drowning has been reported from the district. In , floodwater of the river Kolong and Killing have inundated large areas of Mayong and Morigaon revenue circle. More than 40,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps as reported by DC Morigaon.DC is taking action for providing relief to the people. Vehicular traffic was closed at Nellie on 10-10-04 due to overtopping of the NH-37. In , 15,000 people of 18 villages in Sisibargaon revenue circle and 18,000 of Dhemaji circle area have been affected by flood. In , more than 23,000 people in 20 villages are affected by the flood. GR has been provided to the affected people. In Salmara subdivision of , three persons have been reported drowned in the floodwaters. In , on 9-10-04, a country boat with 29 passengers while crossing the river Jia-Dhansiri under Dalgaon P.S capsized at Nawrasisa Parghat. Five persons were reportedly drowned and one body has been recovered so far. In , Hojai- Baithalangshu-Dongkamokam road submerged and one culvert washed away.



Crops Area Area Flood Affected Population Villages Relief Camps House No. of Cattle DISTRICT Damaged (in hectares) Affected Affected Damaged lost (in hectares) Due to Due to Due to Due to Boat Drowning Landslide Diarrhoea Capsize No (Inmates) Cachar Chirang Dibrugarh 43765 100 Dhemaji 14560 34,940 85 4257 2 99 Dhubri 3680 1,59,404 357 4,790 4 Darrang 1 Goalpara 70,000 220 66 71,000 37,146 30,000 174 2105 Golaghat 1500 2 Hailakandi Jorhat 8,000 1500 19 2,080 Kamrup (Rural) 31566.40 2,16,509 127 12 6 5 Kamrup (Metro) 3159 49,500 49 6 20 Kokrajhar Karbi Anglong 9,000 1,10,000 190 23 15,000 U/a U/a 50 Lakhimpur 1980.00 23,000 20 350 21 Morigaon 27,564 2,15,510 171 13 20021.25 2 3 Nagaon 68,910 3,35,000 283 370 3650.11 1 Nalbari NC Hills Sonitpur 51,609 60,179 38 5 480 4223 Sivsagar Udalguri TOTAL 2,90,028.40 12,50,807 1,661 495 86,480 71727.36 34,811 190 20 2262


Source-Revenue Deptt) G R Materials Issued ( in Quintals) Total Loss of Agriculture Land Total Hand Medical DISTRICT Tube Wells Change in Rice Dal Salt Chira Gur Teams Due to Installed course of Deployed Erosion river Bongaigaon Barpeta Cachar Chirang 304.92 606 18.63 Dibrugarh Dhemaji 24 Dhubri 1904 132.5 30 3 32 Darrang Goalpara 7664.21 1189.12 717.73 62.95 11.09 90 5 Golaghat 18 3 0.9 Hailakandi Jorhat 105 19.8 Karimganj Kamrup (Rural) 300 60 14.98 Kamrup (Metro) 264 27.5 7.02 27 5.75 2 Kokrajhar Karbi Anglong 844.22 171.94 48.5 Lakhimpur Morigaon 3,340.12 222.19 186.98 7 0.6 65 Nagaon 2370 236 141 Nalbari N C Hills Tinsukia Sonitpur 1360.64 133.47 11.64 Sivsagar Udalguri TOTAL 18,499.11 2801.52 1147.38 126.95 20.44 187 7 (Source Revenue Deptt) Other relief material supplied by Govt. and Non-Govt sources are- Dhubri(Hatsingimari)-plastic sheet-8500 mtrs, Nagaon-wheat bran-220 qtls ,Goalpara-biscuits-176 cartons, readymade food 5000 packets,wheat bran 1094 qtls, SK oil 720 lts,blankets 2551 nos, sarees 3025 nos,dhutis-1415 nos,frocks-1400,shirts-1997,trou sers-2475 nos,lungi-2371 nos, Ganjees-1340,Kamrup(Metro)-Wheat bran-300 bags,Morigaon -M.oil-187.28 qtls

ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES: • The Governor of Assam visited affected areas of Goalpara district on 10-10-04. • Honourable CM Assam made an aerial survey and visited affected sites in Goalpara on 11th October, 2004. • 21 relief camps have been opened by District Administration in Karbi Anglong accommodating 15065 inmates. • Affected people of Marigaon district have been shifted to safer places. • In Kamrup metropolitan district, 15 relief camps have been opened since 7th October'04 and about 7000 inmates have taken shelter. • In Goalpara District -two medical teams along with emergency medicines, ORS, Phenyl, Bleaching powder has been despatched to Goalpara on 10th October'04. • Honorable Revenue Minister and Additional Chief Secretary are camping at Goalpara and reviewing the rescue operations. • E x-gratia grant of Rs 5,000 each to the next of kin of 68 deceased (provisional) • Army help from 4 Corps has been sought by the District Administration to restore the RCC bridge on the National Highway 37. • For recovery and disposal of carcasses, skilled persons from adjacent Bongaigaon and Dhubri districts in addition to the local volunteers and workers have been deployed. • Three medical teams deployed in Morigaon district.


State Control Room, Assam: Relief Commissioner's Office, Assam : 91 -361-2230982 / 2268691 / 2264847 / 2268600 (Telephone) 91-361-2262898 (Telephone) 91-361-2261901 (Fax) 2226480 (Fax) 7639445668 (Satellite Phone)

Airports: There are six airports located at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tejpur, Jorhat, & Lilabari in the state.

BRIEF FLOOD HISTORY OF THE STATE 45 per cent of Assam's total area is flood-prone. The Brahmaputra river with its 34 tributaries causes regular floods in the state. The average annual rainfall in the state is 1662.2 mm. Ninety per cent of the heavy downpour occurs in the months of April-September. In 1996, floods in Assam damaged 7,848 dwellings killing 38 people. In 1999, more than 200 villages were inundated, and 0.27 million people in 749 villages of 10 districts were affected. In 2000, 1,94,382 people in 12 districts and 483 villages were severely affected. Road and rail communication was cut off in many districts. In 2000 alone, 3 million people lost their homes and vast stretches of paddy were swallowed by floodwaters. During 2002 floods 41 people have lost their lives,19827 houses damaged and 0.3 million hectares of cropped land has been affected. During 2003, 30 people have lost their lives, 4660 houses have been damaged, and 0.2million hectares cropped area has been affected.


Revenue Department, Govt. of Assam District Authorities.