GANGA 65th Issue - Page 3

Newsletter No. 65; washed away and damaged the homes of thousands of people in these 4 states who are now IRBMS death toll rising to six. Nearly 1.5 lakh people were affected at Thoubal and Imphal West districts. living in relief camps and makeshift shelters. They have almost no access to clean drinking water and Fast Groundwater depletion and basic sanitation facilities. Due to water logged exceptionally high demand of water surroundings and unavailability of toilets, people are resorting to open defecation, leading to an Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) reports that epidemic of water-borne diseases. This will create a Excess extraction of groundwater is to blame for second disaster for people who are already the 61% decline in groundwater level in wells in suffering. The situation worsened as train services India between 2007 and 2017. There needs to be a remained suspended on some routes and roads behavioral change as we do not appreciate the cost were washed away. Due to fresh landslips between of water like we do for a commodity like oil. Urban the Bandarkhal and Damchara stations, rail areas are facing a threat with cities such as movement continues to remain suspended on the Chandigarh, Lumding-Badarpur section. According to the Bengaluru etc. all facing shortage with growing Assam State Disaster Management Authority urbanization. The main reasons for the decline (ASDMA), 3.87 lakh people have been affected in recorded by CGWB as part of their study include Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, inadequate rainfall, exceptionally high demand Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar versus limited supply owing to rise in population, districts. According to the report Hailakandi has urbanization and rise in industries. Puducherry, Mumbai, Delhi, been the worst-hit with nearly 2.06 lakh people affected, followed by Karimganj with almost 1.33 Groundwater level across central and southern states i.e. mainly in peninsular India, was the main lakh people. cause of concern, owing to characteristics of the Around 10,710 people have taken shelter in relief terrain. There are limited storage facilities owing to camps in Karimganj district, Assam and more than the hard rock terrain, along with the added 3,500 families have been rendered homeless in disadvantage of lack of rainfall, especially in Tripura alone. In Manipur, over 1.5 lakh people central Indian states. were left marooned in two flood-hit districts as the situation in the Imphal Valley worsened with the 3 Integrated River Basin Management Society