Slight improvement in Assam flood situation, 1.49 million people affected, death toll surges to 33
Guwahati/IBNS: The overall flood situation in Assam showed a slight improvement on Wednesday with many rivers flowing below danger level mark at many places in the state.
But still, over 1.49 million people of 21 districts are affected in the second wave of floods.
On Wednesday, six people drowned in flood waters in Barpeta, Dhubri, Nagaon and Nalbari districts taking the state's death toll to 33 this year so far.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), three people drowned in floodwaters in Barpeta district while one each in Dhubri, Nagaon and Nalbari district.
On the other hand, two days of sunshine gave some relief to the flood affected people of the state but, over 1.49 million people of 2197 villages under 59 revenue circles in 21 districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, South Salmara, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia are still affected.
Nearly 5.95 lakh people have affected alone in Barpeta district followed by 1.95 lakh people affected in South Salmara, 94,000 people in Goalpara, 93,400 people in Nalbari, 85,000 people in Morigaon, 72,000 people in Dhemaji, 70,000 people in Darrang, 64,000 people in Golaghat district.
On the other hand, the water level of many rivers in state is gradually receding and these rivers are flowing below danger level at many places.
According to the ASDMA data, 87,018 hectares of crop lands in the flood affected districts are still under water.
Nearly 15,300 people are currently at 254 relief camps set up by the administration in 15 flood affected districts.
On Wednesday, the teams of NDRF, SDRF and district administration have rescued 4221 people from the flood-affect areas in Dhubri, South Salmara and Barpeta districts.
The flood situation is improving in Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
According to the Kaziranga National Park authority, 18 wild animals died in Kaziranga National Park due to flood so far and 107 camps out of 223 camps in the national park are still under water.
The park authority has rescued 27 animals including 23 hog deer.
On Wednesday, Assam Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya visited the national park took stock the flood situation.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)