A Social Media Storm initiative with the tag “PrayForAssam” has been taken by Cotton University Student’s Fraternity in collaboration with other Universities that includes Gauhati University, Tezpur University, Dibrugarh University, Assam Agricultural University, Assam Women’s University, Bhattadev University, Madhavdev University and All Assam’s Students Association, New Delhi and all student communities of various colleges and other educational institutions.
The #PrayForAssam initiative has been taken to bring into highlight the plight of Assam because of floods every year and declare the Assam Floods as a National Issue.
Students from various Universities tweeted on the issue:
Assamese singer Deeplina Deka tweeted, “Let people see that we exist. Tweet and retweet so that it trends at the top.”
Abhineet Mishra,an Indian stand up comedian, actor and writer also tweeted a series of tweets with #PrayForAssam.
As per the Flood Report of 16th July 2020 published by Assam State Disaster Management Authority almost 40 lakh people across 27 districts have been affected. The death toll rose to 92 after 7 deaths were reported on Wednesday. Of the 7 deaths reported on Wednesday, 3 died in Morigaon district, 2 in Barpeta district, and one each from Sonitpur and Golaghat districts, the SDMA said. Out of these 66 people died in floods while 26 were killed in landslides.
Out of the 33 districts, 26 districts are affected. The affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong. Of these Dhubri is the worst affected with 5.51 lakh people followed by Barpeta and Goalpara with 5.29 lakh and 42.77 lakh people respectively.
As per the report, 748 relief camps/centres are active, of which 303 are relief camps/centres and 445 are relief distribution centres. According to the report, 93 Revenue Circles consisting of 3218 villages/localities are affected and 1,31,368.27 hectares of Crop Land submerged. A total of 49,313 people are living in relief camps. A large number of infrastructures consisting of embankments, roads, bridges and culverts, electric poles, IT poles are damaged in many parts of the state.
In Kaziranga National Park 99 camps are affected and 6 camps are vacated (out of total 223 camps). 76 animals died and 121 animals are rescued as reported by the DFO Eastern Assam Wildlife Division. In Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 12 camps are flood affected, 12 inundated and 4 camps are shifted out of 25 camps as reported by Range Officer, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
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