By Purvi Jain
16 districts of Assam have been hit by floods affecting about 2.53 lakh people on Friday. As the official says, the death count stands at 16.
The worst-hit district in the state is Dhemaji followed by Tinsukia, Majuli, and Dibrugarh.
The deluge claimed one life in Dibrugarh according to the daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, ASDMA.
The River Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger level at many places and have flooded many areas which include Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Udalguri, Darranf, Baksa, Nalbari, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, informed officials.
ASDMA said, 142 relief camps and distribution centers in six districts have been set up wherein people around 18000 have been sheltered.
A report from Morigaon said 80% of Pobitora wildlife sanctuary has been affected, including wild animals including one-horned Indian rhinos move to nearby highland. The sanctuary has more than 100 rhinos, 1500 wild buffaloes, and thousands of hogs.
As per the Rangers, Floodwater hit the sanctuary on Thursday and the situation is ‘alarming’. The report also says deluge has also overrun 12,000 hectors of agricultural land with standing crops.
The bulletin says Brahmaputra River is overflowing at many places such as Neamatighat in Jorhat district, Dhubri town, and Tezpur in Sonitpur district and at many places, roads, and infrastructure are also damaged.