Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam turned critical today with the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries rising alarmingly in Upper and Central Assam districts.
The rivers were overflowing in the districts of Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Morigaon and Dibrugarh following heavy rainfall in both Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, an official report said.
The Kaziranga National Park and the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary were also heavily flooded forcing hapless animals to move to highlands to protect themselves.
The situation in Majuli, the world`s largest river island, was also grim with the Brahmaputra flowing above danger mark.
The current wave of flood has claimed the life of a child in Lakhimpur district. In the Kaziranga National Park, famed for its one-horned rhino, the water of the Brahmaputra has inundated almost 70 per cent of the area. The animals moved to the highlands in the neighbouring Karbi Anglong district, KNP DFO S K Seal Sarmah said.
"Water has entered 50 camps across the sanctuary and three camps have been evacuated in the Northern range," he said.
The animals migrated to the highland across NH-37 and to check speeding vehicles from running them over, barricades have been set up and time-cards introduced to control the speed of the vehicles, Seal Sarmah said.
Vast areas of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Central Assam`s Morigaon district also lay inundated as the bewildered animals made desperate attempts to get to safety, forest officials said.