• Assam flood situation worsens: Over 6.47 people affected across 22 districts

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    Guwaahti: Flood fury continues to wreak havoc in the state of Assam as more than 6.47 lakh people are reported affected across 22 districts. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), two more persons have been reported drowned in Majuli and Barpeta district bringing the total number of deaths to 5 since August 5.

    According to an official of ASDMA, the Assam flood situation has reached a critical level in Nalbari district where 1,10,731 people have been affected, followed by Darrang with 1,08,271 people affected by the flood, Lakhimpur (1.03,768 people hit), Golaghat (nearly one lakh), Morigaon (59,393) and Majuli (52,461 people affected).

    Almost 39,500 hectares of crop areas have been inundated, and over 1,300 villages have been hit, they added.

    Atleast 85 relief camps have been set up to provide shelter to flood victims. As per reports, 3,584 people including 648 children, have taken shelter in the camps.

    70 percent of the territory of Kaziranga National Park is reported to be inundated with animals moving towards higher lands to save themselves from the rising flood waters. Park officials reported that eight hog deers, two swamp deers, and a langur were killed in this flood. A 10 day old rhino calf that had got separated from its mother was rescued by the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation. The calf is now under the care of the organization.

    Various structures such as bridges, embankments, schools, and other public and private places of business have been reported to be washed away or damaged by floodwaters in Bongaigaon, Darrang, barpeta, Chirang, Goalpara, Jorhat, Golaghat, Biswanath, Morigaon, Sivasagar and Kokrajhar.

    The ASDMA bulletin also noted widespread erosion in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Morigaon and Nalbari districts.

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