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Assam Floods

Assam is prone to natural disasters like flood and erosion every year due to sufficient amount of rainfall in monsoon season in the state and its neighbouring seven states. The two main rivers of Assam – Brahmaputra and Barak river – with more than 50 numbers of tributaries and innumerable sub-tributaries feeding them, causes the flood devastation in the monsoon period each year. According to a report, Assam suffers an average loss of Rs 200 crore every year due to devastating floods with nearly 40 per cent of the state’s total land declared as flood-prone by the government. In 2016, the Brahmaputra River had crossed its danger mark level in the seven districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon and Biswanath. The 2016 Assam floods affected 1.8 million people, and flooded the Kaziranga National Park too.

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