Over 4 lakh hit by floods in Assam

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 21:37

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim on Wednesday with over four lakh people affected by the overflowing Brahmaputra and its tributaries in 13 districts with the rhino habitats Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuaries inundated.

At least 600 villages were affected in the districts of Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Chirang, Dhemaji, Hailakandi, Jorhat, Kamrup, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari and Sonitpur where vast tracts of human habitation and farm land overrun by the surging waters, official sources said.

In world heritage site Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned Great Indian Rhinoceros, huge area in Burapahar, Bagori and northern parts of Agratoli Ranges were under water with animals taking shelter on high platforms within the Park and in neighbouring Karbi Anglong district, the sources said.

Similar was the situation in Pobitora where 90 per cent of its 38.8 sq km area were inundated and the rhinos along with other animals taking shelter on buffer zones there.

The water level of the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level in the world`s largest river island Majuli , Kamalabari, Nematighat, Jhanjimukh and Dhubri, the sources added.

According to the Central Water Commission report, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat, Goalpara and Dhubri, while Dhansiri was flowing above the red mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 21:37

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