Assam flood situation critical



Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam today remained critical with Brahmaputra and its tributaries maintaining a rising trend and inundating vast tracts of land in several districts following continuous heavy rainfall.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger mark at Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Dhubri districts and in Guwahati.

The river was flowing six cm above the danger mark in Guwahati for the first time this year causing flood concerns in the capital city, officials said.

The Brahmaputra and its tributaries were maintaining a rising trend in most of the affected districts, barring Goalpara where the water level was receding.

Over five lakh people have been affected in the current wave of flood, they said.

In Morigaon, the situation deteriorated with nearly 150 villages under Bhuragaon and Mayong revenue circle inundated and standing crops in more than 70 hectares completely destroyed.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in the district is completely under water forcing animals, mostly one-horned rhinos, pygmy hogs and wild buffaloes to move to nearby highlands.

The situation in the world-famed Kaziranga National Park was also alarming as most of the animal habitats have been inundated by Brahmaputra. The animals have taken shelter in the highland areas of nearby Karbi Anglong district.

Road communication has also been disrupted in several places following flooding of roads.

PTI