Flood situation in Assam remains grim

Assam: Floods claim one life, affect 2.7 lakh lives

Flooding in Assam worsened July 3, killing two more people and increasing the number of people affected by the deluge to almost 3.55 lakh across 13 districts in the state.

According to the reports one person drowning at Khumtai area in Golaghat district on Wednesday and death toll rose to 21 in the current flood and landslides in the state.

In an incident in Lakhimpur district, a two-and-half year old girl drowned in Mudaibil village July 2 when the Subansiri River waters inundated the area.

Currently, the Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark at Neematighat in Jorhat, and at Tezpur in Sonitpur.

The worst affected is Karimganj, where over 2.12 lakh people have been affected by the deluge, followed by Lakhimpur with more than 92,000 sufferers.

Total 853 villages under 47 revenue circles have been inundated in this wave of flood till date while 16000 hectares of crop are were affected, according to the Assam state Disaster Management Authority.

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The report said over 20,000 hectares of crop land has been damaged and almost 900 villages are under flood waters.

The authorities have so far set up 160 relief camps to shelter about 48,000 flood-hit till date.

The flood waters have also damaged infrastructures such as roads, embankments and bridges in Barpeta, Biswanath, Golaghat, Cachar, Karimganj, Morigaon, Baksa and Nalbari districts, the ASDMA report said. The flood has driven animals on the raised platforms inside park as well as the foothills areas across the national highway that strike along the southern fringe of the park.

Meanwhile, Inland Water Transport Director Bharat Bhushan Choudhury said, ferry services on Brahmaputra in the state capital has been suspended until further order.

Due to the annual deluge submerging the sanctuary, all animals, including the Great Indian One-Horn Rhinoceros, are proceeding to nearby highlands for shelter, said divisional forest officer, Guwahati Wildlife Division, P Boruah.

"We have taken all possible measures to protect wild animals of the park during the flood", the forest official said.

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