Since 2016, 79 Assamese have died in landslides.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority: At least 79 people have been killed in nearly 1,000 landslide incidents . Conservationists claim the landslides were caused by deforestation and deforestation .

GUWAHATI, India (GUWAHATI): According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), at least 79 people have been killed in nearly 1,000 landslide incidents triggered by rain in the state since 2016 until Monday.Of the 79 people killed, 17 were killed in 190 landslides from April 24 to Monday, which conservationists claim were caused by widespread encroachment and deforestation of the hills for development.The monsoon, which struck the state earlier this month, is expected to last a few months.Last year, five people died as a result of landslides, according to ASDMA statistics, and one in 2020, eight in 2018, two in 2017 and 20 in 2016.

From April 24 to April 20, at least 80 landslide incidents were reported in the city's 19 hills, according to ASDMA.In the hills, the city has a total of 366 landslide-prone zones.Karimganj recorded 16 landslides from 2016 to Monday, Hailakandi 15, Cachar 14, Dima Hasao seven, Karbi Anglong two, and Lakhimpur and Goalpara district one each.According to an ASDMA official, the rainfall intensified last week, triggering a number of floods, including the devastating landslide in Dima Hasao, where the New Haflong railway station was flooded.

We need a proper way to avoid landslides, which also result in floods in the plains.In the last two decades (2001 to 2020), the state has lost 269 thousand hectares (2,690 sq km) of tree cover cover, or about twice as much as Delhi, with an area of 1,484 square kilometers.The state has seen a significant increase in minimum and maximum temperatures, human-animal conflict, and landslide incidents.Floods and landslides would increase if a concrete scientific program to curb deforestation and protect the hills wasn't developed immediately, according to conservationist Hemen Lahkar.