Brahmaputra, the lifeline of Assam, is an ancient river, even older than the majestic Himalayas. Its path goes through canyons, contains rapids and is at times 16km wide. One can easily fathom the span of devastation when Assam is hit by a flood, and that’s exactly what happened in 2016.When humanitarian response became much neededOn the 23rd and 24th of July, entire regions were devastated by a flooding caused by a monsoon of great magnitude and power, causing the river to reach a dangerously high water level. The flooding affected 1.8 million people, and more than 30 lives were lost. Infrastructure took a big hit, with roads being washed away, bridges collapsed, and even Kaziranga National Park flooded. The vast agrarian region of Assam is well known for its tea, but on this particular event, 200,000 hectares went to waste. Humanitarian aid was of great importance in the months thereafter.