Assam flood: Latest updates | lives affected | current death toll. Assam suffers a massive devastation of human lives and property every year due to the floods triggered by the mighty Brahmaputra. Moreover, the Kaziranga National park, one of Assam’s legacy of biodiversity is worst hit by the floods every year, with about 90% of it’s landmass affected by it. The flood sunk Kaziranga turns into a graveyard for hundreds of animals.
The agony and suffering underlying this natural disaster is not an easy task to assess or to bring into account. With as many as 500 deaths reported since 2012 and a number of affected people being over 48 lakhs per year, the annual natural disaster of Assam had been the most brutal threat to the entire state. Riverbank erosion had also been a major issue of concern, with a landmass of over 4.27 lakh hectares been eroded by the Brahmaputra since 1950.
Assam flood: Latest updates | lives affected | current death toll
Several parts of Assam have been hit by the ongoing floods of this year and around 22 lakh people across 27 districts were affected. The death toll stood at 76 as on June 30. Barpeta continues to be the worst-hit district followed by South Salmara and Nalbari. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one person each died in Nowboicha of Lakhimpur, Bajali of Barpeta, Manikpur of Bongaigaon, Rangia of Kamrup, Bokakhat of Golaghat and Sivasagar town of Sivasagar districts. The ASDMA said more than 12.63 lakh people have been affected by floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, West Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Karbi Anglong districts.
It further said authorities are running 480 relief camps and distribution centres across 20 districts, where 60,696 people are currently taking shelter.
The authorities have distributed a total of 7,774.75 quintals of rice, dal and salt, and 10,925.69 litres of mustard oil along with other relief materials such as tarpaulin, baby food, candles, matchboxes, mosquito nets, biscuits, soaps, drinking water, cattle feed, masks and wheat bran.
Kaziranga continues to suffer
Nearly 95% of the Kaziranga national park and tiger reserve spread over 430 sq km is still inundated, according to a report by the park authorities. Flood waters have inundated 173 of the 223 forest camps inside the park.
A total of 51 wild animals of the park die due to drowning and 12 due to vehicle during this monsoon.
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