Assam floods: 7 districts hit, almost half of Kaziranga flooded

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at two places — Nimatighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur district.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:July 6, 2016 1:49 am
v In a flooded village near Kaziranga on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim Tuesday with inundation caused by overflowing rivers affecting at least 88,000 people across seven districts. Dhemaji remained the worst affected district with official sources putting the number of affected people there at over 57,000.

The Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at two places — Nimatighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur district. Several tributaries of the Brahmaputra, including the Jia-Bharali, Dhansiri and Dikhow, were also flowing above the red mark in Sonitpur, Golaghat and Sivasagar districts, respectively.

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Boat and ferry services on the Brahmaputra were suspended in most districts. Majuli, the river island in Jorhat district, remained completely cut off following suspension of boat and ferry services to Jorhat.

Floodwater of the Brahmaputra also entered the Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the largest population of the great Indian one-horned rhino. Officials said at least 40 per cent of the park area was submerged Tuesday with 28 of the 178 anti-poaching camps inundated.

“The situation is under control and no significant migration of animals has taken place so far. The district administration, however, has imposed Section 144 of the CrPC on the NH that forms the southern boundary of the Park in apprehension that animals would start migrating to highlands across the road at any time due to increase of water level,” Subhasish Das, divisional forest officer of Kaziranga told The Indian Express over telephone.

The Army, meanwhile, has set up a flood monitoring cell at its Four Corps headquarters in Tezpur, which in turn is closely monitoring the current flood situation.

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