16.5 lakh people hit by Assam floods, toll rises to 56; Kaziranga inundated

At the famed Kaziranga National Park, a total of 31 animals have died due to drowning, while 82 others have been rescued in the worst deluge in recent years, a park official said.
16.5 lakh people hit by Assam floods, toll rises to 56; Kaziranga inundated

GUWAHATI: Over 16.50 lakh people in Assam are affected by floods in 29 districts with the major rivers flowing above the danger level in the state.

The death toll in this year’s flood, landslides and storms has increased to 56. An alert has been sounded in Kamrup district with the Brahmaputra, Digaru and Kollong rivers flowing above the red mark with vast tracts of land inundated.

At the famed Kaziranga National Park, a total of 31 animals have died due to drowning, while 82 others have been rescued in the worst deluge in recent years, a park official said. Out of the 233 camps in the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, 95 were still inundated till Thursday evening as against the 141 during the day, the official said.

Dhubri is the worst hit with over 2.23 lakh people suffering, followed by Darrang with nearly 1.84 lakh people and Lakhimpur with more than 1.66 lakh people reeling under flood waters. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger marks at Nimatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri.

Its tributaries Subansiri at Badatighat, Burhi Dihing at Chenimari, Dikhou at Sivasagar, Disang at Nanglamuraghat, Dhansiri at Numaligarh, and Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul are flowing above the danger levels. The Barak is flowing above the danger mark at AP Ghat, BP Ghat, Chota Bakra and Fuletrak, while its tributaries Dhaleswari at Gharmura, Katakhal at Matizuri and Kushiyara at Karimganj town are also flowing above the danger marks.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma chaired a meeting on the flood situation with all district commissioners late on Wednesday night and directed them to be liberal in granting relief as per norms, complete all rehabilitation claims as per norms before August 15 and provide accurate information to the headquarters so that adequate relief can be ensured. Cabinet ministers will also be camping in the flood-hit districts for the next three days from Thursday.

In Arunachal Pradesh, landslides triggered by rains snapped communication in at least seven districts of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday, officials said.

The districts affected by landslides are Siang, East Siang, Upper Siang, West Siang, Shi Yomi, Leparada and Upper Subansiri. An alert has been sounded in Kamrup (Metro) district with the Brahmaputra, Digaru and Kollong rivers flowing above the red mark.

Dhubri worst-hit

Dhubri is the worst hit with over 2.23 lakh people suffering, followed by Darrang with nearly 1.84 lakh people and Lakhimpur with more than 1.66 lakh people reeling under flood waters. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger marks some places

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