Assam flood situation improves; death toll rises to 38

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam has shown considerable improvement over the past few days even as one drowning death was reported from Nagaon district on Monday.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority bulletin reported a casualty from Raha revenue circle, taking the overall death toll in the first wave of floods to 38.

Currently, 15 districts remain affected even as the number of people hit by the deluge drastically dropped to 3.86 lakh, of which over 2 lakh remain hit in Barpeta district followed by close to 70,000 people in Goalpara district.

District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) sources reported that an embankment of Brahmaputra breached at Kathuri gaon panchayat under Lakhipur revenue circle of Goalpara district.

Meanwhile, 35 roads under Dibrugarh Municipality and nine roads in Dhemaji District have been damaged by floodwaters, DDMA sources reported.

As on date, 4226 people are taking shelter in 76 relief camps/centres set up across 16 districts.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri district while Disang in Sivasagar, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur and Kopili in Nagaon too are flowing above danger level.

The deluge situation at Kaziranga National Park too has improved considerably over the past couple of days with just 17 of the 223 camps opened for sheltering animals remaining affected, the divisional forest officer, Eastern Assam wildlife division, informed.

The situation is even better at the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park with just a lone camp out of the 40 camps remaining affected, the DFO, Mangaldai wildlife division reported.

On the other hand, 12 camps out of 25 camps remain affected at Pabitora wildlife sanctuary.

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