Deer swimming out of submerged areas in Kaziranga National Park in Assam

Guwahati: Over nine lakh people have been affected and two persons, one each from Dhemaji and Udalguri districts, have died in the second wave of flood in the last 24 hours in Assam.

Official sources informed that altogether 23 districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salamara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong – are reeling under flood affecting 9,26,059 people. Among them, 27,308 are taking shelter in 193 relief camps.

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Affected people are moving to safer places

A total of 1,35,415 people have been affected in 395 villages of Barpeta district. Across the State, the flood has affected 2,071 villages and submerged 68,806.73 hectares of cropland.

Floodwater also affected 5,86,407 big animals, 3,08,866 small animals and 6,32,559 poultry. Following incessant rainfall in many parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, the Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, the Dhansiri in Golaghat, the Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, the Kopili in Nagaon, the Puthimari in Kamrup, the Pagladiya in Nalbari, the Manas and Beki in Barpeta and the Sonkosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.

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Forest guards at both Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are on high alert during the time of flood

Following incessant rainfall in many parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, the Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, the Dhansiri in Golaghat, the Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, the Kopili in Nagaon, the Puthimari in Kamrup, the Pagladiya in Nalbari, the Manas and Beki in Barpeta and the Sonkosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.The floods have also hit Kaziranga National Park severely affecting 90 camps, two of these being vacated by forest staff. Flood has also damaged a number of embankments in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Udalguri, Kamrup, Dhubri, Majuli and Kokrajhar districts along with a number of roads in Dhemaji, Majuli, Barpeta, Udalguri, Biswanath, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Dhubri, Morigaon and Hojai districts in the past 24 hours.

Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath district.

The Kaziranga National Park has imposed speed restrictions for vehicles moving on NH-37 for the welfare of flood-hit animals of the park 

The floods have also hit Kaziranga National Park severely affecting 90 camps, two of these being vacated by forest staff. Flood has also damaged a number of embankments in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Udalguri, Kamrup, Dhubri, Majuli and Kokrajhar districts along with a number of roads in Dhemaji, Majuli, Barpeta, Udalguri, Biswanath, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Dhubri, Morigaon and Hojai districts in the past 24 hours.

Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Biswanath district.More than 5,000 persons have been shifted to 37 flood relief camps in Dibrugarh district, following widespread flooding by the Brahmaputra, Buri Dehing, Sessa and other swollen rivulets. In all, 182 villages of the district have been affected by floods.

One-horned rhinos take shelter at one of the highlands in Kaziranga National Park

More than 5,000 persons have been shifted to 37 flood relief camps in Dibrugarh district, following widespread flooding by the Brahmaputra, Buri Dehing, Sessa and other swollen rivulets. In all, 182 villages of the district have been affected by floods.

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