Source: News Bharati English03 Aug 2016 13:00:17

Guwahati, August 3: The devastating floods triggered by heavy rainfall since a fortnight has left a trail of destruction in Assam.The overall flood situation in the State is improving, said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) in its official flood report on Tuesday. 

Over 9,87,574 people in 19 districts of the State are directly facing the brunt of flood, while, 36,442 people are taking shelter in 115 relief camps, the ASDMA report said, adding that the Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger levels at Neamatighat and Dhubri, while Dhansiri (South) is flowing above its danger level at Numaligarh.The death toll of people who were killed due to flood rose to over 34 and more than 1.1 million people were affected.  The ASDMA said 1,659 villages in 21 districts were affected by the floods, down from 1.7 million people affected across 2,266 villages till Sunday. 

A total of 43,581.33 hectares of crop land are still under flood waters. Dhubri, with its 4,99,469 people still affected by floods, is the worst affected today, which is followed by Barpeta with the number of flood hit people standing at 1,95,049. No flood related death has been reported from any part of the State.

Also, more carcasses of wild animals are being recovered in Kaziranga National Park, even as the flood water level is receding. Till date as per the official information available from Kaziranga National Park authority, a total of 20 rhinos including nine calves have died. Similarly, more than 200 carcasses of hog deer and five carcasses of Asiatic Wild Buffalo have been recovered from Kaziranga.

However, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Biswanath, Nagaon, South Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Karbi Anglong and Chirang districts are still reeling under flood, the report said.  The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town, while its tributaries Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are flowing above the normal level.