No let up in flood scene; 3 more killed

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 30: The water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries are receding gradually even as 2,235 villages of 23 districts are still reeling under flood water.

Three more people died on Tuesday taking the death toll in the first wave to 27, the ASDMA report said.

Two persons drowned at Sarupeta in Barpeta district while another in Dibrugarh district on Tuesday.

The first wave has affected 14,93,508 people under 66 revenue circles till Tuesday, according to the report of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

The first wave of flood has affected 13.15 lakah people of 25 villages till Monday.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat (Jorhat), Tezzpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri,  Biridihinh at Chenimari (Dibrugarh), Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing (Sonitpur), Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul (Nagaon) and Puthimari is flowing above the danger level at NT Road Crossing in Kamrup district.

The affected districts are: Dhemajai, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsuskia and West Karbi Anglong.

The flood situation remained unchanged in Kaziranga National Park. Of 223 forest camps, 143 camps are under water. Six camps have been shifted to safer places.

The floods have forced the wild animals to cross the National Highway 37 which passes through the national park in search of food and shelter.

Many wild animals including one-horned rhinos, deers, buffalos, and elephants took shelter at highlands constructed inside the park.

The authorities have restricted the speed limit of the vehicles plying on the NH 37. However, 622 vehicles out of 3712 vehicles passing through the national park have violated the speed limit, the official twitter handle of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve said on Tuesday.

“We have instructed DTO Nagaon to file FIR against 622 vehicles for exceeding speed on corridor area,” director of Kaziranga National park, P Sivakumar told The Hills Times.

A total of 25 wild animals have been rescued. No fresh death of animal has so far been reported from Kaziranga on Tuesday.

Around 90 per cent area of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has been inundated with floodwater, the report also said.

Of 25 forest camps, 12 have been affected and two have been shifted due to the flood in the national park.

Of 40 forest camps, 19 have been shifted due to floods in Orang National Park.

The flood water also damaged 75,700,12 hectares of crop land across the state.

Many people have taken shelter in highlands, national highways and embankments. 25,461 people have taken shelter at 265 relief camps opened in affected districts.

Barpeta is the worst affected followed by South Salmara and Nalbari district in the foist wave of flood.

In Barpeta district, 4,86,709 of 512 villages under 8 revenue circles have been affected and a crop area of 21,930 hectare was inundated, the ASDMA report said.

In South Salmara, 1,95,312 people of 62 villages under 2 revenue circles have been affected in the flood. A total of 1,725 hectare of crop area has been inundated in the district.

In Nalbari district, 1,04,272 of 105 villages under 5 revenue circles have been affected. 2369.30 hectare of crop area has been damaged due to the flood, the report added.

In Sonitpur, the flood situation improving gradually even as Puthimari and Jia Bharali are flowing above the danger level.

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