By Arré Bench Jul. 20, 2020
Assam, which has been reeling under a catastrophic flood for over a week, hasn’t received the same amount of attention as a few hours of rainfall in Delhi. Over 80 people have died so far in Assam’s annual flood, which according to estimates has stretched out over 24 districts in the state.
Heavy rain lashed the capital Delhi on Sunday morning, which, according to reports, ended up claiming two lives. Videos shared across social media on Sunday and Monday morning show parts of the city, including the iconic Connaught place, and Minto Bridge, resembling a riverfront following just two hours of rainfall.
— manish gupta (@manishg98561598) July 19, 2020
After free water and free power, arrangements for a free boat ride in Delhi 😂
— Dr.Pushyanti Shukla Mohit (पश्यन्ती शु्क्ला मोहित) (@DrPashyantiS) July 19, 2020
Another clip doing the rounds showed houses being torn away near ITO, leaving at least 50 residents homeless, the Times of India reported. Fortunately no one was home when a video captured the catastrophic collapse in the Anna Nagar area.
#Delhi: A house collapsed in the slum area of Anna Nagar near ITO today following heavy rainfall. No one was present in the house at the time of the incident. Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) and fire engines are present at the spot. (ANI)#DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/WPNC1hik0e
— TOI Delhi (@TOIDelhi) July 19, 2020
While the visuals were enough to send social media into a tizzy, one state in particular was bound to feel left out of the narrative. Many were quick to note on social media that Assam, which has been reeling under a catastrophic flood for over a week hasn’t received the same amount of attention as a few hours of rainfall in Delhi.
3 hrs of rain in Delhi gets more coverage in national media than a 100 lives lost in Assam floods. Strange!
— PuNsTeR™ (@Pun_Starr) July 19, 2020
Assam is in India.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) July 15, 2020
Over 80 people have died so far in Assam’s annual flood, which according to estimates has stretched out over 24 districts in the state.
At Kaziranga National Park — 85% of which is said to be under water — more than 100 wild animals, including eight endangered rhinos, have died due to the catastrophe.
As much as 95% of Kaziranga National Park in India may be underwater, following severe rain and flooding.
Now, officials are working to save stranded animals — including the area’s rare one-horned rhinos.https://t.co/0TyY63v69D
— NPR (@NPR) July 18, 2020
In a heart-warming gesture, forest officials were seen rescuing a troubled rhinoceros who apparently ventured out of the jungle in Assam’s flood-hit Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve. pic.twitter.com/hnFlRSPDhp
— The Logical Indian (@LogicalIndians) July 19, 2020
The flooding was caused by the annual rise in levels of the Brahmaputra River, but reports on Monday morning warned that the rising levels of the Barak River were also a cause for concern. This, coupled with predictions of more rainfall in the coming days, may lead to flooding in several other parts of the state, reports said.
While the collapse in Delhi’s ITO left 50 people without homes, a Assam State Disaster Management Authority report says that as many as 521 relief camps had to be set up in the state to provide relief to over 50,000 people who were affected by the flooding.
1. Delhi flood: Few hours of rain and national media covering every bit of it.
2. Assam flood: Weeks of rain, 27.64 lakh people affected in 26 districts, death toll rises to 79(data source zee) and we are yet to get a full coverage on this.#AssamFloods #DelhiRains pic.twitter.com/SbwSXSjHuR
— TheBarman (@sidpraz) July 19, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured his support to the state, while Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the affected areas and offered Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to the families of those affected by the catastrophe.
Expressing his concern & solidarity with the people, the PM assured all support to the state.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 19, 2020
But the same concern hasn’t been shared by social media, which, once again, seems to have given news about the Northeast a miss.