GUWAHATI: The flood which recently triggered the Brahmaputra valley in Assam has started reducing as the river is flowing below danger level.
According to reports, due to the flood over 16, 000 people were affected in nine districts of the state. However, the death toll remained static at 8 as no further reports of casualties came on Wednesday.
The river Brahmaputra and its branches started flowing below danger level in most the affected districts.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority officials (ASDMA) 5, 454 people affected in Morigaon district, 5, 411 in Golaghat, in Dhemaji 3, and 156 and in hojai 2, 550 people affected.
Altogether 307 villages were inundated by floodwaters under 15 revenue circles and a crop area of 12601.25 hectares has been submerged, according to the bulletin.
Though the overall flood situation in Assam improved during the past one week, at least 24 endangered animals were killed in the monsoon deluge in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR), officials said on Monday. Officials of the KNP & TR said the 24 dead animals comprise 17 hog deer, two rhino, one wild buffalo, two swamp deer, a python and a cap langur. The forest personnel have so far rescued four animals, including a 10-day-old male endangered rhino calf from the outer fringe of the central range near Mihimukh highland.
"The mother of the calf could not be traced. The calf which is weak and debilitated has been sent to the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC)," a KNP & TR official said. Like previous years, over 70 per cent area of the world famous national park spanning Golaghat, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Karbi Anglong districts, has been inundated. "With the overall improvement of the flood, on Monday, 30 per cent of the KNP & TR are still under the flood water," the officials said.