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English cricket icon Kevin Pietersen extends solidarity with Assam flood victims

Kevin Pietersen, who was in Assam for a shoot earlier this year, has reached out to the state as it is battling floods

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 July 2020 1:21 PM GMT

Guwahati: England Cricket great Kevin Pietersen has become the latest personality from across the seas to send a message of solidarity to the people of Assam, where floods have continued to wreak havoc and killed as many as 84 people.

"My thoughts are with all the most beautiful people I met during my trip to Assam in March, where the horrible life-threatening flood is currently destroying lives. Please be safe!", Pietersen wrote in a tweet. Before Pietersen, the Arsenal Football Club and Chelsea Football Club had both extended solidarity with the flood-affected persons of Assam. Interestingly, both these behemoths of English football had used the Assamese language to convey their message on social media.

Pietersen, it may be recalled, had landed in Assam in March last to shoot a documentary centred around the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam. where over 85% of the total area submerged under floods. The park authorities said on Monday that as many as 108 animals including nine rhinoceroses have succumbed to death following the floods. The park authorities said that of the 223 forest camps inside the park, 43 are inundated of which 6 have been vacated. At least 136 animals have also been rescued. Shiv Kumar, director, Kaziranga National Park has warned that the death toll of animals may increase even further if the situation does not improve.

Meanwhile, Randeep Hooda of ' Extraction' fame has called upon both the Central and State Governments to work in tandem and resolve the flood issue. "Can we please not be mere spectators to this annual disaster?", Hooda wrote in an appeal that he wrote on Twitter.

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Sunday with five more persons dead taking the toll to 84. Meanwhile, the main rivers and their tributaries were flowing above the danger level at various places across the State. Personnel of NDRF, SDRF and the respective district administration are carrying out rescue operations at various places. Flood-related casualties have been reported from Baghbar in Barpeta district; Baganpara in Baksa district; Bilasipara in Dhubri district; Mayong in Morigaon district; and Kaliabor in Nagaon district.

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