Floods: Assam death toll rises to 28

Floods: Assam death toll rises to 28

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According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the death toll in the state rose to 27. Around 57 lakhs affected by the flood.

Four deaths were reported from Morigaon, two each from Sonitpur and Udalguri districts and one each from Kamrup (Metro) and Nagaon districts, according to the ASDMA bulletin.

A rhino died in the Kaziranga National Park while the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger mark in various places in the state, including in Guwahati, it said.

Assam has been badly hit by floods that have displaced thousands of people and cut off large parts of the state. Forest officials say 95 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park -- home to the endangered one-horned rhino -- has been flooded. Thirty wild animals have died this week. Animals could be seen emerging out of the park to escape drowning.

After days, flood waters have now begun receding from the wildlife reserve.The national park is bound to the north by the river Brahmaputra and highland areas in its south.

The flood waters have receded from Hailakandi district but still 57.51 lakh people remain affected, it added. The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level in Jorhat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri along with rivers Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, Subansiri river at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, Jia Bharali river at Sonitpur, Kopili river at Kampur and Dharamtul in Nagaon district, the bulletin said.

Vast areas of Kaziranga, Manas National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were submerged, forcing the wild animals, including deer and buffaloes to move towards the highlands in Karbi Anglong Hills.

The Northeast Frontier Railway has slowed down trains in Abhayapuri-Jogighopa section for safety as flood battered villagers, who have flocked to the railway embankment to take shelter.

With a let up in the rainfall in Nepal reported in the past couple of days, the focus will now be more on containing the outbreak of infectious diseases through effective distribution of medical aid to people living in flood-hit areas as also those taking shelter at relief camps, an official said. (UNI)