Half of Assam reels under flood, toll touches 27
Over 1,000 villages are under water and nearly 18,000 people have taken shelter in 181 camps.india Updated: Jul 09, 2017 19:39 IST
With 27 deaths, flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday as Brahmaputra River continued to flow above the danger mark, affecting half of the state.
According to the state disaster management authority, nearly 500,000 people are suffering in 15 of the 28 districts, including Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Nagaon and Chirang districts.
The river is flowing above the danger mark at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, along with Dibrugarh, Goalpara and Dhubri towns.
Over 1,000 villages are under water and nearly 18,000 people have taken shelter in 181 camps. Nearly 14,000 hectares standing crops have been affected and close to 500 houses damaged.
Traffic movement on NH37 remained closed for several hours at Burapahar in Nagaon district close to Kaziranga national park on Sunday morning due to landslides.
“A huge rock fell on the highway around 5 am, which blocked the road. It was cleared after two hours,” senior district official Pankaj Chakravarty told HT.
Moreover, flood water inundated most areas in Kaziranga National Park, forcing animals, including endangered rhinos to cross the NH37 and seek shelter in elevated areas in Karbi Anglong district. Across the state, 1,88,148 animals and poultry have been affected by the floods.