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Flood situation worsens in Assam, three lakh affected

Flood situation in Assam further deteriorated today with fresh areas flooded by the Brahmaputra and its tributaries affecting nearly three lakh people besides wildlife in sanctuaries, official sources said.



Guwahati: Flood situation in Assam further
deteriorated today with fresh areas flooded by the Brahmaputra
and its tributaries affecting nearly three lakh people besides
wildlife in sanctuaries, official sources said.

The Bramhaputra and its tributaries were flowing above
the red mark at several places following incessant rainfall
for the last fortnight, they said.

Road communication in Dhemaji district was disrupted with
flood waters of River Jiadhol submerging the National Highway
52, while 70 villages were affected in neighbouring Lakhimpur
district.

In Morigaon district`s Bhuragaon Revenue Circle, over 20
villages and 5,000 hectare of agricultural land were inundated
by the Brahmaputra.

In Dibrugarh district, the Brahmaputra and its tributary
Dihing flowing above the danger level flooded 20 villages and
affected a population of over 50,000.

The situation in Tinsukia was also critical with the
Brahmaputra rising steadily.

Flood water has inundated large areas of Kaziranga
National Park with over 50 per cent of it under water.

Almost entire tracts of Kohora, Agaratol and Burapahar
were submerged with animals including deer, rhino, elephant,
wild buffaloes moving to higher ground.

Flood waters also forced animals to move to higher places
at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.

The world`s largest inhabited river island, Majuli, was
also hit by floods and erosion.

The state government has directed all district deputy
commissioners to keep watch on embankments.

-PTI

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