One-horned rhinos take shelter at one of the highlands in Kaziranga National Park Credit: File image

Guwahati: Following the death of seven more persons in different parts of the state in last 24 hours, the number of deaths due to the flood and erosion in Assam has risen to 66. The casualties have been reported from Morigaon (3), Barpeta (2), Golaghat (1) and Sonitpur (1).

The Brahmaputra river in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Beki in Barpeta and Kushiyara in Karimganj are flowing above the danger level.

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

Barpeta continues to be the worst-hit district where 5,29,879 people in 434 villages have been affected. Among the flood affected, altogether 36,320 people are taking shelter in 629 relief camps across the State.

Official sources informed that the floods have affected around 36 lakh people in 26 districts. The flood situation is likely to deteriorate further with the meteorological department predicting heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours in various parts of Assam.

Overall 3,376 villages under 93 revenue circles in the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Karbi Anglong are reeling under floods.

In Kamrup (Metro) district, as per sources, 10,000 people are in Sonapur revenue circle, 24,875 people in Chadrapur revenue circle, 1,790 people in Dispur revenue circle and 197 people in Guwahati revenue circle have been affected by floods.

However, flood situation in Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Bongaigaon, Hojai, Udalguri, Majuli and West Karbi Anglong districts has now improved

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Overall 153 forest camps in Kaziranga National Park, 12 in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and 19 in Orang National park have been inundated so far.

Flood waters have also submerged 1,27,647 hectares of cropland, besides affecting 13,88,266 big animals, 8,07,334 small animals and 13,78,570 poultry across the State.

In the past 24 hours, flood waters damaged a number of embankments in Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang and Kokrajhar along with a number of roads in Chirang, Bongaigaon, Darrang, Barpeta, Udalguri, Kamrup and Nagaon districts. Erosions have also been reported from Nalbari, Baksa, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and South Salmara districts.

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