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Assam floods affect over 4 lakh people; Kaziranga National Park

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Guwahati: The flood in Assam has worsened on Saturday (June 27) with two more people, including a minor lost their lives, which has affected over 4 lakh people across 21 districts. The two deaths were reported at Balijana and Matia in Goalpara district due to floodwaters, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. The death toll in this year’s floods in the state has gone up to 18.

According to ASDMA, the districts affected by the flood are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon and others. Dhemaji is the worst affected, followed by Tinsukia and Nalbari.

The administration has rescued 261 people during the last 24 hours in the three districts. With incessant rains, Dibrugarh city has been underwater for the last four days, the ASDMA said before adding that 1,289 villages are submerged and 37,313.46 hectares of crop area has been damaged. Authorities have set up 132 relief camps and distribution centres in 10 districts where 19,496 people are taking shelter.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara town and Dhubri town. Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged at various places. Massive erosion has been witnessed in Baksa and Udalguri.

The ASDMA also reported that 80 out of 183 camps are affected due to the flood, the water of which didn’t spare the animals at the Kaziranga National Park. On Saturday, forest rangers found a carcass of a mature rhino near the Dukhuti forest camp in the park. Assam is home to the largest population of greater-one horned rhinos, with more 2600 in the state. The Rhino Population Estimation report, 2018 stated that the total number of rhinos in Kaziranga National Park amounted to 2,413.

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