|Flood scene worsens, 6 more deaths reported|
GUWAHATI, July 13 - The flood-induced death toll has touched 50 on Monday with another six new casualties reported in the past 24 hours. According to the daily flood bulletin of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person died each in Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Golaghat and Sivasagar districts.
A car passes through the submerged NH-37 in the flood-affected Kaziranga National Park on Monday. – UB Photos
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Assam worsened further, affecting around 22 lakh people in 27 districts, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsuki and Karbi Anglong.
In these districts, floods hit altogether 21,63,010 people and 1,03,806.15 hectares of cropland in 2,763 villages under 86 revenue circles. Barpeta is the worst hit district where 5,44,323 people in 405 villages have been affected by flood. Among the affected people, 60,696 are taking shelter in 480 relief camps across the State.
The situation is likely to deteriorate further as the meteorological department predicted heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours at isolated places of Assam.
As rain continues in most parts of the State, the Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro), Goalpara and Dhubri, Subansiri in Lakhimpur, Burhidihing in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri in Golaghat, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur, Kopili in Nagaon, Puthimari in Kamrup, Pagladiya in Nalbari, Manas and Beki in Barpeta, Katakhal in Hailakandi, Kushiyara in Karimganj and Sonkosh in Dhubri were flowing above the danger level.
Floods also affected 8,28,796 big animals, 3,92,264 small animals and 5,60, 860 poultry.
In the past 24 hours, floodwaters damaged a number of embankments in Biswanath, Barpeta, Darrang, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Kamrup and Baksa districts along with a number of roads in Dhemaji, Morigaon, Kamrup, Darrang, Golaghat, Chirang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Goalpara, Udalguri, Nagaon, Majuli, Dima Hasao, Karimganj, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Dhubri districts.
Moreover, a number of flood-triggered incidents of erosion have also been reported from Majuli, Udalguri, Nalbari and Chirang districts.
Altogether 166 camps in Kaziranga National Park and 24 camps in Orang National park also got inundated in floodwaters.