Aid for Flood Affected Victims (Assam) 2020
Due to its tropical monsoon climate, Assam is prone to annual flooding. During monsoons, floods have become an annually recurring destruction of infrastructure, crops, livelihoods and loss of lives. Flooding and subsequent landslides have caused millions od dollars of damage annually to infrastructure. Increase in extreme rainfall events, leading to extreme flooding in Assam. Higher temporal and spatial variability of rainfall across the regions has been attributed to the impact of climate change.
2020 Assam floods coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to ASDMA report on October 2020, the floods affected over five million people, claiming the lives of 123 people, with an additional 26 deaths due to landslides, 5474 villages were affected and over one hundred and fifty thousand people found refuge in relief camps. 2,62,723 hectares of crop area has also been affected by floods. 90% of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park has also been affected with more than 150 wild animals rescued and 125 animals, including 12 rhinoceros have died.