Assam flood situation grim, death toll at 50

More than 21.63 lakh people affected as Brahmaputra breaches embankments

Published - July 14, 2020 12:05 am IST - GUWAHATI

Nagaon: A herd of elephants take shelter on a higher ground following flooding in the low-lying areas of Kaziranga National Park, in Nagaon district, Monday, July 13, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI13-07-2020_000152A)

Nagaon: A herd of elephants take shelter on a higher ground following flooding in the low-lying areas of Kaziranga National Park, in Nagaon district, Monday, July 13, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI13-07-2020_000152A)

Six people drowned in Assam on Monday as the flood situation continued to deteriorate, affecting more than 21.63 lakh people across 27 of the State’s 33 districts.

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said six people died in as many district as the surging waters inundated 2,763 villages and localities across the State.

One of the main reasons behind the grim situation was the breaching of embankments of river Brahmaputra and its tributaries in at least 40 places.

“Four people drowned or were washed away early morning while two more died during the day. The total number of people killed by two waves of floods since May 22 stands at 50, excluding 26 more who have died in rain-induced landslides,” an ASDMA spokesperson said.

By Monday evening, 60,696 people had taken shelter across 173 relief camps in 16 districts. Rescue personnel had to evacuate more than 19,500 of them.

Almost 90% of Kaziranga National Park has been flooded with the water level rising constantly, officials said.

The park, also a tiger reserve, has a core area of 430 sq km.

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