• Assam flood situation improves; death toll goes up to 8 as 1 more die

    Assam flood situation improves; death toll goes up to 8 as 1 more die

    GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam improved considerably on Monday with the water level receding in river Brahmaputra and its major tributaries across the state.

    However, one more fatality was reported from Morigaon district after a child perished in the flood waters, raising the toll due to eight in this wave of floods.

    On the other hand, more than 43,000 people spread across 12 districts of the state are still reeling under flood waters.

    The districts that continue to be affected are Barpeta, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Goalpara, Golaghat, Kamrup and Kamrup (M).

    Among the 12 districts, Golaghat remained to be the worst affected with around 29,857 people being displaced due to the deluge, followed by Morigaon with a total of 10,536 people being affected.

    A total of 718 people are taking shelter in 14 relief camps set up by the district administration in four districts across the state.

    Meanwhile, a rhino was swept away by flood waters in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.

    On the other hand, 21 out of 223 camps remain to be submerged under flood waters.

    A total of 24 animals, including two swamp deer, 17 hog deer, two rhinos, a python, an Asiatic wild buffalo and a cap langur, have died so far in this wave of flood.

    On the other hand, personnel of the forest department have been able to rescue four animals from surging flood waters.

    As many as 1,78,434 domestic animals and poultry have been affected in the flood fury.

    Massive erosion has been reported from the districts of Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Jorhat, Morigaon and Sonitpur.

    Roads, bridges and culverts have also been damaged by the flood waters in Dhubri and South Salmara districts.

    A total of 15,981 hectares of cropland have been submerged under the flood waters.