Assam flood death toll touches 18
The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim with the death toll touching 18 so far while half the state was affected, official reports said on Wednesday.
Of the 18 deaths, five occurred in Tinsukia, 2 each in Dibrugarh and Dhemaji, four in Morigaon, one in Darrang, one in Golaghat, one in Sivasagar, one in Nagaon and one in Kamrup.
More than 17.6 lakh people were rendered homeless in the current floods in the state as more areas are inundated by the rising waters of Brahmaputra.
Lakhs of people are living in the relief camps in the state. There are at least 297 relief camps and 124 shelters set up to accommodate the homeless, officials said.
According to the Assam state Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) report, the 16 districts affected severely by floods are Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Goalpara, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia
People were forced to leave their homes and take shelter on higher lands and relief camps.
The Brahmaputra is flowing above danger level at Nematighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Dhubri and Guwahati (Kamrup), Goalpara and Dhubri while river Subansiri is above the danger mark at Badatighat (Lakhimpur).
River Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat) and Jia Bharali at N.T.Rd Xing (Sonitpur) are also flowing above danger level.
The Army and helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been engaged in rescue operations.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who is on a Japan tour, ordered state government officials and concerned district administrations to take all measures for flood affected people.
Reports said the Chief Minister is returning from Japan by cutting short his visit.
Meanwhile, 115 forest camps of Kaziranga National Park have been submerged in flood waters.
The park authorities had taken safety measures for animals and introduced time card at NH-37.
A one-horned rhinoceros was poached inside the park on Monday.
Several areas of Guwahati city were submerged in flood waters too.