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Flood situation turns grim, death toll 27
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A rhino wades through flood waters inside Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Morigaon district on Tuesday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, June 30 - Three more persons died as the flood situation turned grim following heavy rainfall in many parts of the State, affecting around 15 lakh people in the past 24 hours. Two fatalities occurred in Barpeta district and one in Dibrugarh. With this, the State’s overall death toll in the flood this year has gone up to 27.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 23 districts – Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and West Karbi Anglong – are reeling under floods affecting 14,93,508 people and 75,700 hectares of cropland.

Barpeta was the worst-hit district where a population of 4,86,709 have been affected, followed by South Salmara (1,95,312) and Nalbari (1,04,272). Altogether 3,245 flood-hit persons during the day.

Among the affected people, 25,461 are taking shelter at 265 relief camps spread across various districts.

Floods have also affected 8,19,645 big animals, 4,10,390 small animals and 7,74,967 poultry.

The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri districts, the ASDMA said. The Burhidehing in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon and Puthimari in Kamrup are also flowing above the danger level.

The current wave of flood has badly hit Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. In Kaziranga, floods have affected 143 forest camps and 25 animals have been rescued so far. In Orang, floods have affected 19 camps. In Pobitora, where 12 camps have been hit, one rhino died in flood.

During the day, floods damaged a number of embankments in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon, Jorhat and Udalguri districts along with several roads in Dhemaji, Barpeta, Darrang, Kamrup, Goalpara, Nalbari, Golaghat, Dhubri, Jorhat, Majuli and Morigaon districts.

Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Baksa, Udalguri and South Salmara districts in the past 24 hours.

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