GUWAHATI: The overall flood situation of Assam remains unchanged with over 25 lakh people already affected, and the number of deaths rose to 102.
A significant portion of Kaziranga National Park is still under flood, affecting 88 forest camps altogether. Orang National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are also severely affected by floods having inundated a number such forest camps. Floods have so far claimed lives of 129 animals in Kaziranga.
The overall situation in the state is likely to deteriorate again as the Regional Meteorological Centre here has issued yellow alert while predicting heavy rainfall at most places of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya in the next 72 hours.
Five persons have died, two each from Barpeta and Kokrajhar districts and one from Morigaon, in last 24 hours of the state.
Altogether 23 districts – Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo and Dibrugarh – are still reeling under floods, affecting 24,76,431 people in 2,265 villages under 66 revenue circles.
The Brahmaputra river has been flowing above the danger level in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri districts. Rivers Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Beki in Barpeta and Kushiyara in Karimganj are also flowing above the red mark.
Among the flood-affected districts, Goalpara is the worst-hit affecting a total of 4,70,253 people in 289 villages under four revenue circles. Altogether 45,912 people are also taking shelter in 457 relief camps across the State.
Floodwaters damaged an embankment in Barpeta district along with several roads in Bongaigaon and Morigaon districts on Sunday. During the period, incidents of erosion have also been reported from Chirang district.
Personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in an operation conducted at Dighirpam village of Baghbor revenue circle of Barpeta district rescued 80 people from flood on Sunday. Altogether 30 animals were also rescued during the operation.