Human and Animal Life in a Dire State Due to Indian Floods of 2019

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The rains of 2019 has caused floods in the states of Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha, Jammu, Karnataka, Gujarat, and other remote areas of the country. However, the good news is that some of the many flood-affected regions have shown signs of improvement. In Gujarat and Bihar, the rains have subsided, thus bringing down the increased water levels. On the other hand, parts of  Maharashtra, Kerala, Assam, and Karnataka are partially submerged killing nearly 200 people and affecting animal life.

Flood situation Assam

The gushing flow of rainwater from the hills of DimaHasao district along with continuous showers has led to floods in Central Assam’s Hojai district, along with more than 204 animals killed in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Apart from this, 17,563 hectares of farmland is still said to be under floodwaters in Dhemaji, Barpeta, Morigaon, Hojai, Jorhat, Charaideo and Dibrugarh districts, according to a report by Sphere India published on India Today, dated August 10, 2019.

“The number of cattle affected was 41,585 along with 16,400 small animals and 40,434 poultry. In Dibrugarh district, the floodwaters affected 1,618 people under Tingkong, Tengakhat and Naharkatia revenue circles in the last 24 hours. 9 villages have been submerged”, states the report.

Floods affected in Gujarat

The heavy monsoon showers in Gujarat led to flooding all over the state. To every citizen’s peril, crocodiles were seen roaming the streets submerged under high water levels.

 

 

This is not a good sign for the crocodiles. Their temporary habitat has dried up, leading to many crocodiles to venture in search of its natural habitat. Rescuers in Gujarat have done everything in their scope to rescue these amphibians and rehabilitate them back into the wild. Few of them have been handed over to the forests officials as well, reports a tweet.

 

 

 

 

Floods in Karnataka

Heavy showers and water released from the BasavaSagara (Narayanapura) dam has led to the loss of 16 human lives across 68 talukas of Karnataka. Moreover, the floods have also wiped away the lives of approximately 205 animals. As per the data reported by India Today, dated 9th August 2019, 207212 humans have been evacuated with almost 44002 animals rescued and 26750 have found shelter in rescued camps.

Floods in Maharashtra

As per a report by News 18 dated August 13, 11:07 am “The death toll in all five districts of Maharashtra’s Pune division (Sangli, Kolhapur, Satara, Pune and Solapur) rose to 43. Three are still reported to be missing. 4,74,226 people have been evacuated so far from 584 villages. The authorities have set up 596 temporary shelter camps for those who were evacuated”.

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“Armed Forces in Aid have already pressed about 200 teams with boats and helicopters. Approximately 45,000 humans and hundreds of animals have already been rescued”, reports India Today dated August 9, 2019.

 

Floods in Kerala

The disastrous floods of Kerala have caused heavy crop damage in the district of Malappuram  in Kerala. Apart from this, over 20 trains have been cancelled due to tracks being submerged underwater. The National Disastrous Response Force (NDRF) has rescued over 5375 people and has evacuated 42,000 stranded persons across the state. Additionally, there was 268 livestock that was rescued by 173 flood rescue teams across various districts of the state.  Death toll in Kerala stands to be 88 in Kerala until today, states a reports by India Today dated 9th Auust 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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