Decoding floods in India: 32 million affected, Rs 3,600 crore lost every year

  • HT Data Bureau, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 29, 2014 14:06 IST

Floods ravage India with unerring regularity, 2014 is no different.

Recent floods in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Assam affected thousands of villages and claimed nearly 100 lives. A look at government data shows floods affected around 32 million Indians every year from 1953 to 2011. In the same 58-year span, the floods also caused annual damage of Rs 3,609 crore on an average.

HT takes a close look at the threat, which has again reared its head in Assam and Bihar. According to current flood forecasts, Chenimari and Dhubri in Assam and Jhanjharpur in Bihar have a looming flood threat.

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Data source : Central water commisson

Data collection and story idea: Sourjya Bhowmick

Research by : Shreya Chatterjee

Visualization by : Vignesh Radhakrishnan

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