Assam floods: Death toll mounts to 28, over 50 lakh people affected

WION Web Team Delhi Jul 18, 2019, 04.22 PM(IST)

Villagers are transported on a boat towards a safer place at a flooded village in Nagaon district in Assam. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Vast areas of Kaziranga, Manas National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have been submerged

The death toll due to floods in Assam has increased to 28 even as about 57 lakhs people remain affected across 29 districts, authorities said on Thursday.

According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), over 1.5 lakhs people have been shifted to 427 relief camps being run across the state.

ASDMA also mentioned that water level of Brahmaputra river at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Tezpur (Sonitpur), Guwahati (Kamrup) and Goalpara and many others have reached the danger level.

Vast areas of Kaziranga, Manas National Parks and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have been submerged. Authorities are moving the animals to the highlands.

The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and the SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) are working round the clock in the flood-affected areas.

The Assam flood situation was brought up in the Parliament on Monday with Congress parliamentarian and Assam Congress Committee President Ripun Bora giving a Zero Hour Notice over flood situation in his home state. 

The flood situation remains grim in several states across the country, more than a hundred NDRF troops have been deployed in various flood-affected areas of the country including Bihar and Assam.

(With inputs from agencies)