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Assam: Flood situation remains grim, over 35 lakh people affected

Tiger rescued and released in Kaziranga National Park

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Guwahati-   Flood situation in Assam still remains grim, over 35 lakh people in 28 districts are affected due to flood.  With the Five more deaths, the flood induced fatalities to rise upto 76. The number would be 102 if deaths due to the land slides this season are added to that.

According to the officials of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), around 22 lakh are in four districts – Dhubri (8,92,109), Goalpara (4,43,768), Barpeta (4,29,708) and Morigaon (4,24,541), which are badly affected.

The authority has set up nearly 303 relief camps and 445 relief distribution centres. The officials said the Assam floods have consumed the lives of 76 while  over 26 have died in landslides in the state.

State Minister Chandan Brahma said over 100 villages affected due to flood here. Over 2,500 people shifted to 20 relief camps. Animals have also been moved to safer locations, he added.

About 1 lakh 28 thousand hectors of cropland still remains inundated. More than 51thousand inmates are taking shelter at 304 relief camps across the state.

Entire nation is with Assam- Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hailed the people of Assam for their self determination in fight against the floods, saying entire nation is with them.

“The entire nation is with Assam. The people of Assam are facing this problem with all their grit and their self-determination nature and they will recover from this disaster. I appeal entire Congress workers to extend all possible help,” the Congress leader said in a tweet.

Tiger rescued and released in Kaziranga National Park

The forest department rescued and released a tiger in the Kaziranga National Park on Thursday, P Shivkumar, the director of the national park in Assam said.

The tiger had moved out of the Kaziranga National Park to the nearby residential area on July 14 because of the floods. It was tranquilised and its health condition was checked at the Kaziranga Rescue Centre before being released.

Forest Department and ASDMA officials also said that at least 86 animals were killed, while 125 animals were rescued as 95 per cent of the world-famous Kaziranga national park, home to more than 2,200 one-horned Indian rhinoceros, was inundated.

Dalai Lama Concerned about floods in Assam

The Dalai Lama showed His Gesture of Solidarity to the People of Assam. In His Concern about the damage caused by floods in Assam, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to the Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal.

He wrote, “The monsoon rains in Assam and other parts of India bring destruction and great suffering to people year after year, Unfortunately, this year the situation has been made even more troublesome by the continuing coronavirus pandemic. I am writing to you today to express my sadness at the loss of life and devastation of property, as well as the tremendous hardship caused to so many due to flooding in many parts of your state.”

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