Guwahati: Floods have displaced 2.53 lakh people in 16 districts of Assam. A total of 16 people has lost their life. The districts of Upper Assam including Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, and Majuli are worst hit.
According to a daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person drowned in Dibrugarh on Friday, taking the death total toll up to 16.
492 villages in 23 revenue circles of Dhemaji, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Sibsagar, Majuli, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh, have been affected by the flood according to ASDMA. Additionally, floodwaters have impacted several other districts which include Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Nagaon, Golaghat, and Jorhat. Brahmaputra River is now flowing above the danger mark in Nematighat in Jorhat district, Dhubri Town, and Tezpur in Sonitpur district added the bulletin by ASDMA.
Moreover, a total of 10 wards of Dibrugarh were inundated by the rain waters, which then caused panic among the general public to commute as waterlogging covered most of the areas. Damages came in the form of infrastructure as well, which includes embankments in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Udalguri and Biswanath, roads, bridges, and culverts.
A total of 11,765 hectares of the crop were destroyed due to the floods. A total of 142 relief camps are operating to accommodate 18, 234.
In the Kaziranga National Park, 70 camps were affected, and two had to evacuated. In Morigaon, 80% area of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has been inundated which has forced animals including rhinos to move into nearby highlands.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts more rain in Assam and Meghalaya, “continuous rainfall in most places with isolated heavy to very heavy and extremely heavy rainfalls till June 30.”
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