A girl gets water from a partially submerged well in flood-affected Pavakati village, some 70 km from Guwahati. Photo: AFP/Biju Boro
Villagers stand on a half-submerged wooden bridge at Bengalipara in the flood hit Baska district of Assam on Sunday. Photo: PTI
A woman carries a child through flood waters in Singimari village in Bongaigoan district, some 160 km from Guwahati. Photo: AFP/Biju Boro
A woman crosses a flooded area over a raft made of banana tree trunks at Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam on Sunday. Photo: PTI
People wade through a waterlogged road in flood-hit Dhakuakhana. Photo: PTI
Villagers take their sheep on a banana raft to a safer place at the flood-affected Buraburi village, in the Morigaon district. Photo: AFP/Biju Boro
A mother comforts her son at a temporary shelter in the flood-affected Morisutitop village, in Morigaon district. Photo: AFP/Biju Boro
Indian army personnel transport villagers affected by flooding at Jaraguri village in Bongaigoan district, some 160 km from Guwahati. Photo: AFP/Biju Boro
Assam floods: Disaster strikes, yet again [Photos]
Assam in the monsoon. If that brings to mind images of despair and hopelessness, rather than romantic greenery, then you're not alone. Every year, the situation seems to both be the same and all the worse.
Floods have once again crippled parts of the state, with 4.64 lakh people in more than 1,000 villages and some major towns affected, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Around one lakh hectares of standing crop are completely submerged, with 700 villages worst affected. Most parts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia also remain submerged due to the flash floods. Transport services are crippled across the region, and educational institutions have been shut down.
But these are just numbers and names. The impact of this disaster - that should be an extraordinary event but has started to seem routine - is often hard to imagine or understand when we're only given numbers.
These photographs show the human toll of the floods.