Guwahati: Though the flood situation remains critical in Lower Assam districts, it has slightly improved at a few places in Upper Assam. Flood water has affected over 44 lakh people of 3,024 villages in 24 districts. The flood claimed 12 more lives on July 20th, 2019 taking the death toll to 59.
The flood which caused large scale devastation across the state receded at Baksa, Hojai and Majuli districts but continue to inundate 1.51 lakh hectare of cropland and 68 camps at the Kaziranga National Park. Besides, 141 animals, including 12 rhinos, have been killed, according to data available with the KNP Directorate.
Here are the top 10 developments:
- As per the Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s flood bulletin, five deaths were reported from Morigaon district, three from Barpeta, two from South Salmara and one each from Nalbari and Dhubri districts on July 20th, 2019.
- Veteran Bollywood actress from Assam, Seema Biswas donated Rs 5 lakh for flood-relief efforts.
- The Brahmaputra at Nematighat (Jorhat), Guwahati, Goalpara, Dhubri; Dhansiri (S) at Numaligarh(Golaghat) and Kopili at Dharamtul(Nagaon) are flowing above the danger mark.
- The Inland Water Transport Division to resume the Guwahati-North Guwahati Ferry services from July 22nd, 2019. The services will be available until 6:30 pm.
- While 4,274 persons were evacuated, over 1.31 lakh affected people took shelter in the 689 relief camps.
- In a meeting with officials of district administration and various departments, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the prevailing flood situation in Majuli. He has directed to effectively distribute relief materials among the flood-affected people and provide proper medical treatment.
- Amid the deluge, the Japanese Encephalitis outbreak has claimed 104 lives and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome or AES has killed about 200.
- A pall of gloom descended in Mankachar over the tragic death of two teenage girls who got drowned in the floodwater. Both the girls hailed from Jhalerchar Daruagaon village under Mankachar Police Station of South Salmara Mankachar district in Assam.
- As per official reports, 129 animals, including 10 rhinoceros, 62 hog deer, eight sambhar deer and an equal number of wild boar, five swamp deer, two porcupines, an elephant and a wild buffalo have been killed since July 13.
- A wooden bridge over the Kaldia river at Barnalikuchi village in Barpeta’s Patacharkuchi collapsed on July 19th, 2019. The bridge was the lifeline for the people of Balatari Supa of Barnali Kuchi village.