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Assam flood : Flood situation slightly improves, over 53.52 lakh people affect, death toll mounts to 39

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  Kathmandu, Nepal      July 18 2019

 

Guwahati : The flood situation in Assam has slightly improved but several lakhs of people are still living under water in the state.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, over 53.52 lakh people of 28 districts of the state have been affected in the deluge.

39 persons have lost their lives due to flood and landslide the state so far.

According to the reports, 9 people were drowned in flood waters in Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Morigaon Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts in past 24 hours.

4128 villages and 2,12,122 hectare of crop lands are still under water.

The flood waters have also submerged the BSF water wing located at Gauripur in Dhubri district.

Over 13.47 lakh people have been affected alone in Barpeta district while 10.99 lakh people in Dhubri district, 6.23 lakh people in Morigaon, 4.66 lakh people in South Salmara, 3.22 lakh people in Goalpara, 2.50 lakh people in Darrang, 2.04 lakh people in Nalbari, 1.90 lakh people in Bongaigaon, 1.92 lakh people in Kamrup, 1.30 lakh people in Golaghat districts.

This year flood is one of the worst deluge in Assam in past three decades.

The administration has set up 689 relief camps and 391 Relief Distribution Centres in the flood-hit districts and 2,25,737 flood affected people have taken shelter in the relief camps.

Over 25 lakh animals have been affected in this deluge.

On the other hand, the water level of the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are receding but still flowing above danger level marks in many places in the state.

On the other hand, The Assam forest department, forest guards of Kaziranga National Park and many other NGOs have rescued several wild animals while the Kaziranga National Park has faced devastating flood this year and the animals suffering majorly.

According to the reports, the forest department, park authorities, CWRC, NGOs have rescued the wild animals with the help of local people from adjoining areas of the park.

Over 95 per cent areas of the world heritage site have been submerged by the flood waters in which the wild animals have been forced to move the neighbouring hill areas of Karbi Anglong district by crossing the Asian Highway – 1and adjoining areas of the park.

The park authorities, state forest department, CWRC have rescued 58 wild animals including two rhino calves, 50 hog deer, one elephant and they are now under treatment.

On the other hand, following the deluge, the Assam forest department has opened a help line number (0361-2332830) and urged the people to help the park authorities, forest department to rescue the wild animals.

Assam forest department PRO Sailen Pandey said that, the state forest department, park authorities, NGOs, CWRC are engaged in rescue operations to safely rescue the wild animals, who were moved outside of the park following the devastating flood.

"Following the situation, Assam forest department has opened a help line no (0361 2332830) and urging the people to contact immediately when noticed any wild animals. This year's casualty has decreased compared to the previous years. Last year, the forest department had constructed 33 high lands in Kaziranga at a cost of Rs 16 crore. Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya has continuously monitored the overall situation," Sailen Pandey said.

On the other hand, a tigrer escaped from the national park and was spotted'relaxing on a bed inside a house near the park on Thursday.

"The tiger was spotted nxt to the highway at 8:30 am, moving fm the park, just 200 m away, on its way to Karbi hills abt 500 m across the National highway. Probably disturbed, he jumped across the wall of a scrap garage & took refuge in the dark room," WTI tweeted.

On the other hand, at least 83 wild animals including seven rhinos have died in the devastating deluge in Assam's Kaziranga National Park.

According to the park authority, 83 wild animals including seven rhinos have died in the flood.

The flood situation in the park has gradually improved but 98 forest camps in the national park are still under water.

Among the wild animals, six rhinos, 34 hog deer, 5 wild boar, 4 sambar, one elephant, one swamp deer, one water buffalo, one porcupine were drowned in flood waters in the park.

On the other hand, 13 hog deer and 1 sambar were died in vehicle hit, while the wild animals have been forced to move to neighbouring hill areas in Karbi Anglong district following the flood.

According to the park authority, one rhino and 10 hog deer were died in other reasons in the national park during the current flood.

The forest department, CWRC and the locals have rescued 58 wild animals including two rhino calves, 50 hog deer, one baby elephant, one swamp deer, one sambar and three other animals from the park and adjoining areas.

(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)