33 lakh people already affected by the deluge 2020 in Assam. 123 people died due to landslides and flood outbreak in the state till Saturday.
The second wave of flood hit the state earlier this month, submerging 25 districts and affecting over 33 lakh people. The floods also damaged houses and public buildings, breached embankments, damaged roads and washed away bridges.
On the other hand, Floods in Assam have already claimed the lives of 15 one-horned rhinos and nearly 210 other animals from Kaziranga National Park and while another drowned in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
225 animals approximately have died as the second wave of devastating floods lashed the state, park officials said on Saturday. Kaziranga National Park authority stated that the dead animals include 178 hog deer, 15 rhinos, four elephants and one tiger. Among them, some are drowned in floodwaters while others were killed by vehicles plying on the stretch of National Highway-37 that passes through the park. Officials added that 85 per cent areas and 45 anti-poaching camps of Kaziranga National Park are still underwater.
The national park has been severely hit by the third wave of floods in the year. As of Saturday, 30% of the park was still inundated. Earlier this month, the first wave of floods had submerged over 70% of the park and led to the death of 105 animals, park Director Satyendra Singh informed.
Meanwhile, a rhino was found dead at the edge of the Deopani river inside the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The staff of Dusuti camp found the rhino dead on Friday morning inside the park.
The park authority said many animals including rhinos, tigers, elephants, and deer have strayed out from the park due to the floods and are moving towards nearby villages and Karbi hills by crossing NH-37. Rangers and the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) have so far rescued several wild animals, including two rhino calves, four tigers and many hog deer during the flood situation.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), nearly 33 lakh residents of 25 districts remain affected by the deluge. These are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and Cachar.
The water level of Brahmaputra River is still flowing above danger level mark at Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Goalpara and Dhubri district. On the other hand, the floods have damaged 202 embankments, 167 bridges, culverts, and 1,621 roads across Assam so far. A total of 47,023 people are currently taking shelter at 287 relief camps set up by the state government in flood-affected districts. Teams of NDRF, SDRF and district administration have managed to rescue 76,514 people from flood-affected areas.