Flood waters show receding trend, death toll touches 62

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Kaziranga loses 10 rhinos, Mukhi makes aerial survey on flood situation

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 20: The flood waters showed a receding trend in Assam even as 44 lakh people of 24 districts are still under flood water. The waters of the deluge, which wrecked large scale devastation across the state continued to submerge 1.51 lakh hectare of crop land and a large part of Kaziranga National Park, where 10 rhinos have been killed.

With fresh death of 12 people on Saturday, the toll in the second wave of floods has gone up to 62, including two persons killed in landslides in Guwahati and Dima Hasao district.

One death case has been reported from Tihu (Nalbari), one from Barpeta, two from Kalgasia (Barpeta), one in Balisipara (Dhubri), one in Mayong (Morigaon, two in Laharighat two death cases have been reported from Mancachar (South Salmara) on Saturday, the ASDMA report said.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi made an aerial survey of Kamrup, Goalpara, South Salmara and Dhubri districts to review the situation on Saturday.

Accompanied by senior government officials, Mukhi also visited Dhubri district and met the camp inmates of 3 relief camps in Gouripur and Dhubri and instructed district officials to render all possible help to the flood affected people.

The water level if the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level mark at Neematighat (Jorhat), Goalpara and Dhubri, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat) and Kopili are flowing above the danger level mark at Dharamtul (Nagaon), the report said.

Altogether 44.142 people of 3,024 villages under 77 revenue circles across 24 districts are still reeling under the flood water.

A total of 1,51,380.46 hectares of crop land have been damaged due to the second wave of flood.

The flood water is in falling trend in Kaziranga National Park, however, 68 forest camps are still under water. Five camps have been shifted to safer locations on Saturday.

A total of 129 wild animals, including 10 rhinos were killed in the national park in the second wave.

10 rhinos including calves died due to floods. The forest guards have found 27 more animal carcasses, including three rhinos inside the park.

A total of 77 hog deer, 7 sambars, six wild boars, five swamp deer, elephants, wild buffalo died due to drowning, vehicle hit while escaping from the flood waters in the park.

“There is 130 cm fall in the water level in the park today,” said a forest official.

The forest guards also rescued 60 wild animals from different places, he said.

Some animals including rhino, elephants have moved the neighbouring human habitat in search of food.

In Karbi Anglong district, 752 people are still sheltering in two relief camps in Phuloni and Silonijan till Saturday, the ASDMA report said.

The water level is receding gradually, the report also said.

Barpeta is the worst affected district with 12,07,178 people followed by Dhubri with 8,72,645 population and Morigaon with 7,44,646 affected people in the second wave.

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