Death toll in Assam floods reaches 37; situation still grim

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 19, 2019, 08.31 AM (IST)

The death toll in Assam floods triggered by torrential rains rose to 37 on Thursday, state's Disaster Management Authority said on Thursday.

According to the report, by July 18, a total of 4,128 villages in 103 revenue circles of 28 districts have been affected due to floods. Approximately 53,52,107 people have been affected in the state.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operations. 

Not only humans but wild animals have also borne the brunt of floods as over 50 animals, including five rhinos, have died in Kaziranga National Park.

According to a report of the divisional forest department, an elephant, several wild boars, hog deer and sambars, besides the rhinos, have been found dead in the park. 

Meanwhile, the flood situation if also grim at neighbouring state Bihar as according to a report by ANI, at least 33 people have lost their lives.

State's chief minister  Nitish Kumar had surveyed the flood-hit areas earlier this week.

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According to the report, by July 18, a total of 4,128 villages in 103 revenue circles of 28 districts have been affected due to floods.