Assam flood situation grim, nearly 23 lakh people affected in 28 districts

The dead animals include six rhinos, 117 hog deer, including 98 by drowning, two by vehicle hits and 17 during treatment, two sambar, a rhesus macaque and an otter due to drowning in the park.
Womens' walking through the  flood water in Assam
Womens' walking through the flood water in AssamPhoto | Express

GUWAHATI: Assam's flood situation remained grim on Monday with a population of nearly 23 lakh affected in 28 districts as the water level of most rivers continues to flow above the danger mark, according to an official bulletin. The death toll in this year's flood, landslide and storm was 78 with 66 succumbing in the deluge alone.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi was scheduled to arrive at Silchar on Monday and visit a flood relief camp at Fulertal in Cachar district en route to Manipur.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all relief camps in flood-affected districts are well maintained and stocked with enough essential items till the situation normalises.

He said that the safety and hygiene of flood relief camps was a priority of the government with 'my team reaching out to all people staying there to gather real-time feedback'. Currently, nearly 23 lakh people in 3,446 villages of 28 districts were affected while 68,432.75 hectares of cropland have been inundated by the second wave of floods.

Dhubri was the worst hit with 7,54,791 affected, followed by Cachar with 1,77,928 and Barpeta with 1,34,328 suffering in the swirling water. Altogether 53,689 people have taken shelter in 269 relief camps while 3,15,520 non-relief camp inmates have been provided with relief materials.

Womens' walking through the  flood water in Assam
Assam floods: 10 rivers in spate, over 24 lakh affected, two more dead in landslide

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat, Tezpur and Dhubri. Other rivers that have breached the red mark are Burhi Dihing in Khowang, Dikhou in Sivasagar, Disang in Nanglamuraghat, Dhansiri in Numaligarh, Kopili in Dharamtul, Beki in Barpeta, Sankosh in Golakganj, Barak in BP Ghat and Kushiyara in Karimganj.

Multiple agencies, including NDRF, SDRF and local administration, have been carrying out relief and rescue operations with 171 boats deployed in different parts.

Altogether 70 people and 459 cattle were rescued in the last 24 hours by different agencies. Damage to roads, bridges, Anganwadi centres and fishery ponds, have been reported from across the state.

131 wild animals dead and 96 rescued from Kaziranga National Park

One-horned Rhinos take shelter on higher ground of a flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam
One-horned Rhinos take shelter on higher ground of a flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam(Photo | AP)

At least 131 wild animals have died so far in floods in the Kaziranga National Park while 96 others have been rescued, an official said on Monday.

The dead animals include six rhinos, 117 hog deer, including 98 by drowning, two by vehicle hits and 17 during treatment, two sambar, a rhesus macaque and an otter due to drowning in the park. A total of 25 animals have died during treatment and these include 17 hog deer, one each of swamp deer, a Rhesus Macaque and an otter pup.

The forest officials rescued 85 hog deer, two each of rhino, sambar and scops owl and one each of swamp deer, Indian hare, Rhesus Macaque, otter, elephant and a jungle cat. Currently, 25 animals are under medical care while 52 others have been released after treatment, the official said.

Womens' walking through the  flood water in Assam
Assam flood: 17 animals dead, 72 rescued in Kaziranga National Park

The park is experiencing the worst-ever deluge in recent years with the previous large-scale devastation occurring in 2017 when over 350 wildlife died in the flood waters and in vehicle hits while migrating through animal corridors to the highlands.

The NH-715 is a corridor for the animals to cross over to the hills of Karbi Anglong.

Womens' walking through the  flood water in Assam
16.5 lakh people hit by Assam floods, toll rises to 56; Kaziranga inundated

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that the floods in the state have affected humans and animals alike and 'Team Assam is working round the clock to aid everyone'.

'Recently, while passing through Kaziranga, I noticed this stranded rhino calf and instructed its immediate rescue', Sarma posted on 'X'.

Out of the total 233 camps in the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, 69 are still inundated till Friday evening as against 68 the previous day, the official said.

In the Eastern or Agoratoli range, 14 of the 34 camps have been inundated while 22 of the 58 camps are in central range, 20 out of the 39 in the Western or Bagori range and 4 each in Burapahar range, Bokakhat and Nagaon along with one in Biswanath Wildlife Division are under flood waters.

Altogether four camps have been vacated by the forest personnel so far with two each in central range and Bokakhat.

Forest department employees including security personnel stay in camps inside the national park to conduct patrolling for the protection of flora and fauna.

Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under Section 163 of the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) to restrict the movement of vehicular traffic on NH-37 (New NH-715) and its speed to between 20 to 40 km/hour is in force.

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