Guwahati: At the least 79 individuals have been killed in almost 1,000 landslide incidents triggered by rain within the state since 2016 until Monday, stated the Assam State Catastrophe Administration Authority (ASDMA).
Of the 79 deaths, 17 had been killed in 190 landslides from April 24 until Monday, which conservationists are claiming to be outcomes of large encroachment and deforestation of the hills for development. The priority now’s that the monsoon, which hit the state earlier this month, can be on for a couple of months.
Based on ASDMA information, 5 individuals died in landslides final yr whereas 26 in 2020, one in 2019, eight in 2018, two in 2017 and 20 in 2016.
With 4 deaths in landslides triggered by incessant rain in Guwahati’s Boragaon final week, the overall variety of deaths from 2016 until now has gone as much as 22 within the capital metropolis. ASDMA stated a minimum of 80 landslide incidents had been reported from April 24 until now within the 19 hills of town. Town has a complete of 366 landslide-prone zones within the hills. From 2016 until Monday, Karimganj reported 16 landslides, Hailakandi 15, Cachar 14, Dima Hasao seven, Karbi Anglong two and Lakhimpur and Goalpara district one every.
An ASDMA official stated, “The depth of rain was greater final week and this triggered numerous landslides, together with the devastating landslide in Dima Hasao the place the New Haflong railway station was ravaged. Unplanned and unlawful settlements within the hills have induced lethal landslides. We’d like a correct mechanism to stop landslides, which additionally trigger floods within the plains.”
The state has misplaced round 269 thousand hectares (2,690 sq km) of tree cowl space as a result of deforestation within the final 20 years (2001 to 2020), which is near twice the scale of Delhi with an space of 1,484 sq km.
This has resulted in a big rise within the minimal and most temperatures, human-animal battle and landslide incidents within the state.
Conservationist Hemen Lahkar stated floods and landslides would turn into extra extreme if a concrete scientific coverage to stop deforestation and defend the hills will not be deliberate instantly.