Guwahati: The death toll in the ongoing wave of flood in the state climbed to 40 as six more people died on Tuesday, while nearly 16 lakh other people remain affected as the surging water of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries brought 23 districts under water since Monday.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), among the six dead reported on Tuesday, two are in Jorhat district and one each from Chabua in Dibrugarh district, Dimow in Sivasagar district, Baghbar in Barpeta district and Kamrup (metro). Nearly 50,000 people of 2,498 villages have left their homes and taken shelter in temporary relief camps set up in schools, government buildings and on embankments in 16 of the worst-hit districts.
According to ASDMA, 73% of Kaziranga National Park, that is bounded by Brahmaputra river on its north has inundated. The flood waters have also brought 129 anti-poaching camps for protecting the one-horned rhinoceros under water. The authority said that two female hog deer and one male swamp deer have died due to drowning in the northern range of the park.
The disaster management authority stated that Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level marks along its entire length of over 555 km at Dibrugarh in the east, Nematighat, Tezpur, Goalpara and Dhubri on the western end of the state. Among the Brahmaputra’s tributaries, the Siang, Burhidehing, Subansiri, Dikhow, Dhansiri , Jia Bharali, Puthimari, Beki, and Sankosh are also flowing above their danger level marks.
The flood waters have also damaged a crop area of 1,40,83.42 hecatre, the maximum being in Morigaon district where 27,435.58 hecatre of area with standing crop is under water.