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    Ravaging Assam Flood Engulfs 30 Districts Leaving Over Four Million People Stranded

    Guwahati, July 15, 2019

    The ravaging flood has engulfed 30 out of 33 districts in Assam leaving over four million people and three million animals stranded.

    The daily bulleting of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that 4,286,421 people and 3,416,366 animals have been adversely affected by the flood across the state so far.

    The mighty Brahmaputra and 11 other tributaries are flowing above the danger level at various places across the state. The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri while Burhidihing in Dibrugarh, Subansiri in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharoli in Sonitpur, Kopili inn Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup, Beki in Barpeta, Barak in Cachar, Katakhal in Hailakandi, Kushiyara in Karimganj and Sankosh in Assam’s Dhubri district.

    Kaziranga National Park floodwater kept the low-lying lands inundated till Saturday. Photo: Time8

    On the other hand, 95 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) is submerged by the flood. The wild animals have moved to the hill area. The KNP authority imposed the time card on the National Highway 37 to prevent casualties of the animals. On July 15th, 2019, the Kaliabor sub-division administration has imposed restriction on movement of all light motor vehicles on the NH 37 due to flood. An order of the SDPO stated, “The vehicles coming from Nagaon end should halt at Jakhalabandha and the vehicles coming from Jorhat end should halt at Bokakhat.”

    The flood has adversely affected 155 out of 199 anti-poaching camps in the national park so far. A total of 150,213.60 hectares of crop areas have been affected across the state out of which Dhubri recorded highest damage with 18934.20 hectares of crop area followed by Dhemaji with 8,806 hectares damaged crop areas.

    The monsoon flood has inundated 30 districts in Assam and affected over 42 lakh people

    On the other hand, 996,190 people have left stranded in Barpeta in Western Assam, which is the highest, followed by 937,268 in Dhubri. A total of 494 relief camps are operational across the state, according to the ASDMA report. At least four people have died in the flood so far as per official data.

    The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed in the rescue operations.

    According to the official data, the government has distributed 7595.33 quintals of rice, 1421.09 quintals of dal, 474.31 quintals salt and 6320.25 litres of mustard oil  including other dry food items among the flood affected people across the state so far as relief.

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