GUWAHATI: With five persons dead in floods during the last 24 hours, the death toll in the present wave of floods has risen to 65 across the State besides two in landslides earlier. Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi on Sunday made an aerial visit to Kaziranga to take stock of the devastation caused by flood in the National Park. The water level receded to approximately 155 cm in the park, reported the Divisional Forest Officer, Eastern Assam Wildlife Division. A total of 39 camps are inundated while 182 wildlife deaths have been reported in the Park since July 13.
Meanwhile, though the water levels of the rivers have been receding on Sunday, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat in Jorhat and Dhubri; the Jia Bharali at NT Rd crossing in Sonitpur and the Kopili at Dharamtul in Nagaon.
A total of 38,37,354 people remained affected in 2,669 villages across 65 revenue circles of 18 districts; while 1,15,389 people are taking shelter in 658 relief camps. The districts still affected in floods are Dhemaji, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, and Cachar.
The total crop affected is 1,35,226.67 hectare. On the other hand, 62 animals (55 in Kamrup, and 7 in Darrang) have been washed away, stated a release of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority. There are also reports of 251 houses fully damaged and 2,680 houses partially damaged.
Erosion has been reported at several places in Udalguri, while 15 families have been affected due to erosion under Bijni revenue circle in Bongaigaon. Embankments have been damaged at Jorhat, Darrang, asnd Biswanath. Roads have been damaged at Barpeta, Darrang, Hailakandi,Cachar, Dhubri, Udalguri, and South Salmara. Bridges and culverts have been either damaged or eroded away at Barpeta, Sonitpur and Cachar. Other damages to infrastructure have taken places at a number of places in Karbi Anglong and Nagaon.
Personnel of the NDRF, SDRF, Army and civil administration besides local people are involved in rescue operations.