Guwahati: Over 24 lakh people in 24 districts in Assam were still affected by rising waters even as the flood situation continues to remain grim.
The state disaster management authority said even as the situation remained critical in Assam, flooding was also reported from several areas in neighbouring Meghalaya.
Over 24.3 lakh people continue to remain affected by floods in the following districts in Assam: Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Cachar districts.
Nearly 85 per cent of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park is submerged in water due to floods, resulting in the death of nine one-horned rhinoceros and several other animals including deer, wild boars, wild buffaloes and porcupines.
More than a dozen animals died after being hit by speeding vehicles as they attempted to cross National Highway-37 close to the park. More than 50 were injured from the floods and during their attempts to cross the highway.
Around 15 animals have reportedly died while being treated for injuries. Eight animals are still undergoing treatment by non-profit Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.
More than 130 animals were rescued from the floods, while 110 animals have, so far, been released into the wild.