Devastating flood tightens grip in Assam, 71 dead so far

Assam has always been at the receiving end of the deadliest of floods every year, especially due to the presence of the widest river in the country, The Brahmaputra and its tributaries.

Recently the second wave of flood triggered by continuous heavy rain in many parts of the state has devastated the condition of many districts and 71 people are feared dead till now as reported by the Disaster Management.

Around 48 lakh people have been affected in over 4500 villages across 30 districts in Assam due to floods.

Among the districts that have been mostly affected include Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Chirang, Udalguri, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, among others. As many as 487 relief camps have also been set up across the state to cater to the essential requirements of the victims.

Floodwater has also inundated 95% of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park. Director of Kaziranga National Park, P Shivkumar, informed that this year’s flood was among the highest floods in the states. So far, 66 animals have died and 170 animals have been rescued from the national park.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also visited the area to inspect the current situation. The Manas National Park, the RG Orang National Park, the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Tinsukia Wildlife Sanctuary have also been severely affected by the flood.

Landslides and floods have also killed at least 12 people in Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

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