Assam deluge toll rises to 97

GUWAHATI: The onslaught of floods continues to haunt over 26 lakh across 2370 villages/localities in 27 districts in Assam with one more death reported in the past 24 hours, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority informed on Saturday evening.

The lone casualty, reported from Mayong revenue circle in Morigaon district of central Assam, has taken the overall deluge toll since May this year to 97.

Goalpara district continues to bear the brunt with a population of over 4.70 lakh affected in four revenue circles, followed by Barpeta, where the number of flood hit has gone up to 4.23 lakh, and Morigaon district, where over 3.75 lakh people continue to be affected.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to flow above danger level in at least nine districts

As many as 47,772 affected people are currently taking shelter in 564 relief camps/centres across the state.

The flood situation in Kaziranga National Park has again turned critical with the death toll of animals in the park going up to 127 while 106 camps of the 223 camps remain affected.

The report of the divisional forest officer, Eastern Assam Wildlife division on Saturday states that 157 animals of the park have been rescued till date.

The situation is not too dissimilar at the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park where 17 camps out of the 40 camps are still submerged by floodwater.

Incessant rainfall across isolated parts of the state this monsoon season has added to the woes of the flood affected people as the rain waters have led to substantial rise in the river level.

The Met office forecast for the next 24 hours is not encouraging either with heavy rain predicted at isolated places over Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

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