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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.
— Shailendra Mohan (@shailendranrb) August 1, 2019
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.
— Pankaj Kumar, IAS (@pkumarias) August 2, 2019
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.
Pray for Flood affected Every states. 🙏🙏
— Pinkal Bhartiya 🇮🇳 (@pinkalparmar91y) August 10, 2019
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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#IndianArmy is with people who are facing problems in flood stricken Belgaum, Bagalkot & Raichur districts of Karnataka and Raigad, Kohlapur & Sangli districts of Maharashtra. Rescue & relief operations are underway to evacuate marooned villagers along with NDRF.#NationFirst pic.twitter.com/qYkIDn5oAs
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 8, 2019
“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.
Maharashtra: Govt veterinary doctors are conducting vaccination drive for cattle & animals in flood affected Sangli. Dr Vijay Dhoke says,"we have vaccinated around 700-800 animals. We are providing vitamins, minerals mixtures to animals which will increase their resistant power." pic.twitter.com/yBTU3CmhlM
— ANI (@ANI) August 11, 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.