More than 200,000 people in camps hit by flooding in India

Authorities in Inida call for more support from federal government as flooding becomes intense, forcing more people to seek for refuge

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

More than 200,000 people have been forced to seek refuge in relief camps

The Chief Minister of India's Assam state Tarun Gogoi said on Monday that the state lacked adequate resources to flood-hit victims and called on the federal government in New Delhi for more assistance to the affected areas.  

Indian authorities in northeast of the country have been striving to prevent disastrous floods which have affected more than 1.5 million victims forcing more than 200,000 people to seek refuge in relief camps, according to senior government officials.

"We need urgent assistance and relief materials for the flood-affected people from the central government... We have exhausted all our limited resources... We are in a helpless situation," Gogoi said, according to Reuters.

The flood has suppressed more than 2,000 low-lying villages as well as large hectres of farm lands in 16 of Assam's 23 local districts including Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, and Dhemaji.   

Heavy monsoon rains in the state of Assam have caused rivers, such as Brahmaputra river, to overflow, causing the death of more than 50 people this year, including 15 people in the past week.      


TRTWorld and agencies