The flood situation in Assam has deteriorated as it spread to 23 districts, affecting nearly 1.5 million people. The Brahmaputra river and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level mark in many places of the state.
On Tuesday, three people drowned in floodwaters in Dibrugarh and Barpeta districts, taking the state death toll to 27 so far.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, two people drowned at the Sarupeta area in Barpeta district while one person drowned in the Dibrugarh district.
The second wave of flood-hit nearly 1.5 million people of 2235 villages in 23 districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong.
Over 4.86 lakh people have been affected in Barpeta district alone while 1.95 lakh people affected in South Salmara, 1.04 lakh in Nalbari, 98,800 in Morigaon, 94,000 in Goalpara, 84,000 in Darrang, 71,000 in Dhemaji, 66,000 in Tinsukia, 64,000 in Goalghat district.
As many as 25,461 people affected by floods have taken shelter at 265 relief camps set up by the administration in 12 districts. Thousands of others have taken shelter on roads, embankments and other safer places.
The floods have so far affected more than 12.29 lakh domestic animals as well.
On the other hand, many rivers of the state are still flowing above danger level mark at many places. The Brahmaputra river is flowing above danger level marks at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri district. Burhidihing river is flowing above the danger level at Chenimari in Dibrugarh district. The Dhansiri river is also above the danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat district.
On the other hand, the floods have inundated nearly 70 percent areas of Kaziranga National Park as 143 camps out of 223 camps are now underwater. The park authorities have vacated six camps following the deluge. 14 wild animals have lost their lives in the world heritage site because of the floods.
According to the park authorities, five hog deer have been killed after being hit by vehicles. The wild animals are trying to move to the nearby Karbi hills area by crossing the National Highway 37 which is passing through the national park. The forest personnel has rescued 25 other animals including 22 hog deer from the flood-affected areas.
The floodwaters also submerged major portions of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Orang National Park.