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North-east India: 6 million internally displaced by monsoon floods and landslides

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 11 July 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), North-east India: 6 million internally displaced by monsoon floods and landslides , 11 July 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5003befe2.html [accessed 18 September 2014]
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Since the onset of heavy monsoon rains in late June, an estimated 6 million people have been internally displaced by floods and landslides caused by flash floods in north-east India.

Assam has been worst hit and the authorities struggling to cope with 2.2 million people forced to leave their homes across 27 districts. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, currently 395 government run relief camps provide shelter for more than 150,000 people. Many other IDPs have taken shelter with friends and relatives, are staying in camps set up by aid agencies, or simply on roadsides and embankments.

In 2011, IDMC reported that an estimate of at least 76,000 people have remained displaced by episodes of conflict and violence which date back to the 1990s. These IDPs remain of particular concern as this current disaster compounds existing vulnerabilities such as access to basic necessities such as food, clean water, shelter and health care.

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