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Assam Flood: 26 dead including 5 in Karimganj Landslide, 1.61 people affected

Karimganj district is among the worst affected, with more than 152,000 people, including 41,711 children, affected  by the rising waters.

Assam Flood-     The heavy rain has worsened the flood situation in Assam where more 26 people dead  and more than 161,209 have been affected in 15 districts. The heavy rain also caused a landslide in the Badarpur area of Karimganj district in which five people including a woman and her three daughters as well as a three-year-old boy were killed.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has reported that the floods have claimed 26 lives so far this year. The latest fatality occurred in Hailakandi district on Tuesday when a person drowned in the floodwaters.

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Karimganj district is among the worst affected, with more than 152,000 people, including 41,711 children, affected  by the rising waters. Floods have ravaged 225 villages under the Nilambazar, Ramkrishna Nagar, Karimganj and Badarpur revenue circles. The district administration has set up relief camps and distribution centres, sheltering 22,464 flood-affected individuals.

 According to ASDMA, the floods have submerged 470 villages across 28 revenue circles in the 15 affected districts, inundating 1378.64 hectares of crop area in 11 districts. The deluge has also affected 93,895 domestic animals in these regions, compounding the humanitarian and agricultural crisis.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been proactive in addressing the crisis. On June 15, he held a crucial meeting with civil and police administrations and Kaziranga National Park authorities to strategize the safety and security of the park’s wildlife during the flood season. Emphasizing the need for robust response mechanisms, the CM instructed officials to implement necessary measures promptly.

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Kaziranga National Park, home to a significant population of one-horned rhinoceroses and other wildlife, faces heightened risks during floods. To safeguard the animals, the CM announced the deployment of three new commando battalions.

These battalions are tasked with preventing accidents involving animals crossing the national highway and deterring poachers from exploiting the flood situation. In addition to the commando battalions, around 600 personnel from a newly formed forest battalion will be stationed at Kaziranga National Park. Their presence aims to enhance protection and ensure a swift response to any threats posed by the flooding.

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