Assam ravaged by floods, 49 dead, several hundred displaced

Rijiju also held a meeting at Lakhimpur with the officials of state government and concerned Departments of Water Resources to review the extent of damages caused by the devastating flood and the relief measures taken by the administration.”I am anguished by the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the Northeast”. Majuli is situated where the Brahmaputra river meets Subansiri river and has around 33,000 residents who have been affected by the floods.The official flood bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority this evening said that three more persons lost their lives in the districts of Dhemaji, Dhubri and Nagaon, taking the death toll to 52.The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) stated that 70 boats have been deployed by several actors for search and rescue operations. Kaziranga National Park is home to the vulnerable greater one-horned rhino, as well as tigers and Asian elephants.Animals are seeking refuge on high ground, including hills outside the park, she said. While the incessant rains have killed at least five and marooned 15 lakh people, the rare and endangered species of animals are suffering the nature’s wrath as well.The Northeast floods and landslides have killed as many as 80 people leaving over 17 lakh people stranded in Assam. More than 25,000 affected people are still staying in relief camps.Officials are closely watching the movement of animals to guard against poaching.”More than 50 percent of the area is submerged”.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal visited the park on Wednesday.Dr Singh also informed that Prime Minister Modi has entrusted him with extending all possible help from the Centre. “Will do the assessment and submit a report”. On Thursday, Rijiju took an undertook an aerial survey of Assam.Efforts are also underway to help the rhinos and other wildlife put in danger when flood waters swamped the Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.