Assam flood scene continues to improve

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in Assam continued to improve with a population below 85,000 affected in just 10 districts now and no human casualty reported for the third consecutive day.

The overall deluge-related death toll in the state since May remains at 110, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority informed on Thursday evening.

Barring Goalpara district, where about 54,000 remain hit by flood water, there has been a substantial reduction in the number of people affected in the other nine districts.

Bongaigaon, where close to 50,000 people were affected three days back, now has only about 8000 flood-hit people. Likewise, Morigaon, which too had bore the brunt of the current wave of floods, have seen the number dip from 48,000 to 3250 flood-hit people on Thursday.

As on Thursday, only 514 people are taking shelter in six relief camps/centres in four districts.

Relatively low rainfall in the past three days has also led to a fall in water levels of most rivers across the state.

However, the Brahmaputra continues to flow above danger level in Jorhat and Dhubri districts even as most of its tributaries are now flowing below danger level, the Central Water Commission reported on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the deluge situation in Kaziranga National Park too has improved considerably with only three out of the 223 camps at the park remaining inundated.

However, the death toll of animals in the park due to flood has climbed to 157 while 174 animals have so far been rescued, the divisional forest officer, Eastern Assam Wildlife division, reported.

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