Flood situation improving, death toll mounts to 39

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4,128 villages still under water ****53.52 lakh affected****7 rhinos among 83 wild animals killed

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 18: The water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries is receding gradually even as 4,128 villages under 103 revenue circles in 28 districts of the state are still reeling under flood water, a report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said here Thursday.

With death of nine persons, the death toll in the second wave has gone upto 39, including two death in landslides incidents in Dima Hasao and Guwahati.

Two death cases have been reported from Biswanath, one from Sonitpur, three from Morigaon, one from Udalguri, one from Bongaigaon and one death has been reported from Barpeta district in last 24 hours. In this season, the total loss of human lives is 37 persons in Flood and 2 persons in landslide.

The second wave of flood affected 53,52,107 people across the state. The affected districts are: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Udalguri, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cachar and Karimganj.

Presently, 689 relief camps have been operational in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Majuli, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Cachar and Karimganj districts with 2,25,737 inmates and 391 relief distribution centres in Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Udalguri, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Sivasagar, Golaghat and Majuli distrticts.

The water level of the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level mark at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Guwahati (Kamrup), Goalpara and Dhubri; Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh (Golaghat); Jia Bharali at NT Rd (Sonitpur); Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul (Nagaon), Puthimari at NH Rd (Kamrup) and Kushiyara is flowing above the danger level mark at Karimganj(Karimganj).

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been pressed into service in the flood affected areas for search and rescue operation.

Barpeta is the worst affected followed by Dhubri and Morigaon.

In Barpeta district, 13,47,654 people of 710 villages under eight revenue circles have been affected in the flood. A total of 92,405 hectares of crop area has been inundated in the flood and 10,401 affected people have been taking shelter in 94 relief camps across the district.

In Dhubri district, 10,99,494 people of 696 villages under eight revenue circles have been affected in the deluge. 20269.50 hectares of crops has been affected and 36,351 people have been taking shelter in 124 relief camps.

In Morigaon district, a total of 6,23,291 people of 411 villages under four revenue circles have been affected in the second wave. A total of 59620 hectares of crops has been damaged, 238 relief camps have been opened where 80,459 people were sheltered in.

In South Salmara district, a total of 4,66,521 people of 143 villages under two revenue circles have been affected in the deluge. A total of 15,589 hectares of crop land has been affected and 36 relief distribution centres have been opened for the affected people.

In the Kaziranga National Park, the water level has receded approximately 105 cm, according to the report of the ASDMA. However, 98 forest camps are still under water and nine camps has been shifted to safer locations on Thursday.

A total of 83 death cases of wild animal, including seven one-horned rhinos has been reported in the second wave since July 13, the ASDMA report said.

Of the 83 dead animals, 34 hog deer, 5 wild boar, 4 sambar, one elephant, one swamp deer, one water buffalo, one porcupine drowned in flood waters in the park.

13 hog deer and 1 sambar were killed in vehicle hit.

One rhino and 10 hog deer were killed for other reasons in the park during the second wave.

Altogether 95 per cent areas of the national park were inundated forcing the wild animals to move high lands of Karbi Anglong by crossing the Asian Highway – 1and adjoining areas of the park.

The park authorities, state forest department, CWRC have rescued 58 wild animals, including two rhino calves, 50 hog deer, one elephant and all of them have been under treatment at CWRC.

The forest department has opened a help line number (0361-2332830) and urged the people to help the park authorities to rescue the animals.

The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary — continued to remain under the surging waters of the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger mark in Guwahati and other parts of the state.

With vast areas of KNP and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary submerged, many wild animals, including deer and buffaloes, have been moved to highlands.

NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) teams were working round-the-clock in the flood-affected areas to evacuate those stranded, the ASDMA said.

A statement from the Guwahati-based 1st NDRF battalion said over 5,600 people, who were critically marooned in remote areas, were so far evacuated by the force from different flood-hit areas of the state.

Assistant Commandant, NDRF Santosh Singh said they were providing medical assistance to human beings as well as animals in the inundated areas.

He added that the NDRF personnel had rescued a wheelchaired man from Rajagaon village in Golaghat.

A 48-year-old woman named Pamoda, who was extremely sick, was also rescued from the same village and taken to Bokakhat, Singh said.

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