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Assam floods: Over 80,000 people affected as Brahmaputra levels rise

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 July 2016, 9:48 IST

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) sources have said that over 88,000 people are reeling under flood in 257 villages across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon and Biswanath districts.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur districts, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dikhow at Sivasagar, Dhansiri at Golaghat town and Numaligarh in Golaghat and Jia Bharali at NT road crossing in Sonitpur, ASDMA said.

More than 6,000 hectares of crop have been damaged as nearly 100 villages have been inundated. Flood waters also submerged 1,500 hectares of crop land.

The district administration has set up seven relief camps in Lakhimpur district - the worst hit district. Boats have been pressed into services at Morigaon district to rescue marooned people.

Meanwhile, flood waters inundated a CRPF camp in Jorhat, while erosion by Dhansiri river has been reported from Golaghat.

Flood waters also entered the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary - the world's most dense habitat of one-horned rhinos. Forest officials said more than 70% of the sanctuary is presently under water, forcing wild animals to go to high land.

A Defence spokesperson said the Army is closely monitoring the current flood situation and the levels of rising water in Brahmaputra. "The Army flood relief columns are in a state of full readiness to be deployed for flood relief action as and when required in any of the affected areas," he added


First published: 6 July 2016, 9:48 IST