Nearly 4 lakh people affected by floods in Assam, several rivers overflowing

Imphal
5 Jul 2017

Nearly four lakh people are reeling under the fury of flood at 13 districts caused by incessant rains in Assam, according to official sources.
The flood water has submerged the low lying areas of the Kaziranga National Park. Meanwhile, several rivers were still continuously showing a mounting trend. Ferry services between Guwahati and North Guwahati has been suspended for the time being as the Brahmaputra is maintaining an increasing trend. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has already evacuated 400 students to safer places at Nalbari district. On July 3, flood claimed life of one in Lakhimpur district.
Some of the worst affected districts were Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Golaghat. Nearly 24 thousand people are taking shelter at 108 relief camps. Relief materials like drinking water and rice are being distributed and the medical teams were also deployed in flood hit areas. Cattle stock, houses, infrastructures including roads and culverts and agriculture land are deluged due to floods. In Central Assam, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, the most dense habitat of one horned rhinos in the world, has been completely submerged by flood waters of Brahmaputra, a senior forest department official today said.
Due to the annual deluge submerging the sanctuary, all animals, including the Great Indian One-Horn Rhinoceros, are proceeding to nearby highlands for shelter, said divisional forest officer, Guwahati Wildlife Division, P Boruah. The floods have breached the main connecting PWD Road from National Highway to Pobitora at several points today disrupting surface communication to the sanctuary, Boruah said. As shortage of fodder for animals within the sanctuary has already cropped up, he said the forest department has arranged alternative fodder supply to the rhinos and other animals there.
The DFO, who is camping at Pobitora, said armed forest guards are intensifying vigil within the sanctuary to prevent poaching during floods. Country boats have been pressed into service for patrol duty to combat poaching in the sanctuary, he said.