Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam is likely to worsen further with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting rainfall in the state as well as other parts of the Northeastern region in the next 72 hours.
The total number of deaths in Assam due to flood has now risen to 59 as nine persons lost their lives in last 24 hours. Official sources said that almost 33 lakh people in 28 districts have been affected by the floods, while deaths have been reported from the districts of Biswanath (1), Golaghat (1), Barpeta (2), Tinsukia (2) and Dibrugarh (3).
Flood waters have inundated 173 forest camps in Kaziranga National Park, 12 in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and 20 camps in Orang National Park. It has also affected 13,46,261 big animals, 6,65,214 small animals and 13,84,862 poultry across the state.
Meanwhile, the Nagaon district administration on Tuesday prohibited movement of all kinds of vehicles on the flooded stretch of the NH-37 between Kohora and Bagori along the Kaziranga National Park. In an order, the district administration directed all vehicles plying from Guwahati or Nagaon side towards upper Assam to take the alternative route through Borghat via Hojai or the route via the north bank of the Brahmaputra river.
Barpeta has been the worst-hit district where nearly 5.5 lakh people in over 500 villages have been affected. Altogether 44,108 people are taking shelter in 517 relief camps set up across the state.
The Brahmaputra river in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Beki in Barpeta, Kushiyara in Karimganj and Sankosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.
The flood waters damaged a number embankments in Biswanath, Kamrup, Nagaon, Kokrajhar, Sivasagar and Udalguri districts along with a number of roads in Majuli, Nalbari, Goalpara, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Udalguri, Dhubri, Kamrup, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Golaghat and Karimganj districts.
A number of incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Nalbari, Baksa, Biswanath, Udalguri and South Salmara districts.