Mapping Floods in Assam - India using SENTINEL-1 Satellite Images (04 August 2016)


As of 1st Aug, Assam Disaster Management Authority reported that more than 16 people have died and 1.7 million people are affected by floods in 19 districts. Bongigain, Golaghat, Jorhat and Dhemaji districts are the worst affected. A total of 27 relief camps and seven distribution centres were opened in Bongaigaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivsagar hosting some 12,400 people. Around 200,000 hectares (490,000 acres) of farming land was affected by the floods. The state of Assam faced around 60% more rains as compared to the rainfall it received in July 2015.

Apart from human lives, the animals of Kaziranga National Park have also been affected. As many as 310 animals, including 21 one-horned rhinos, lost their lives due to the devastating Assam floods since 25th July this year.

As per tea industry estimates, the crop loss in July would be in the range of 21-30%. Assam produced 91 million kg tea in July last year and if that is taken as a benchmark, the dip would be around 20-27 million kg this month.