India: Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Floods OCHA Situation Report No.1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0108

OCHA Situation Report No. 1
India (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) - Floods
15 July 2005

This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Delhi.


1. Floods have been triggered due to continuous rains in several parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Additionally, landslides and erosion of embankments have caused congestion of river channels. All settlements situated in low-lying flood prone areas and along river channels have been flooded.

2. In Assam, the districts of Karimganj, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Dehmaji and Jorhat (Majuli) and 153 villages with 500,000 persons were affected as of 14 July. A total of 64 houses have been damaged by floods, while 165 houses have been damaged by erosion. Main railway lines and roads have been submerged and blocked at several points.

3. In Arunachal Pradesh, the districts of Lohit, Anjaw and Lower Dibang Valley have been affected. In Lohit district, 7 villages with 200,000 persons were affected. Due to landslide and boulders, power supply, water supply sources and transportation networks have been damaged.

National Response

4. The Government has not requested international assistance up to this date.

5. In Assam, Karimnagar district administration has distributed rice and salt to the affected people. Irrigation departments have been alerted to monitor the river flow at all gauging stations.

6. In Arunachal Pradesh, the district administration in each affected circle have started to function the joint flood control room along with Army and Border Roads Organization supervised by Deputy Commissioners. A Search and Rescue team in Tezu headquarters evacuated the people from villages under Tezu circle and Namsai sub-division.

Three relief camps have been opened in Tezu, Chongkham and Wakro circles and provided with food, drinking water, relief materials and medicines. The district medical unit has sent medical staff to villages to treat cases of diarrhea and dysentery.

7. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Delhi and will revert with further information as required. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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