Monsoon floods have inundated at least 21 out of the 33 districts in Assam.The Brahmaputra, one of the world’s largest rives, cuts through the state’s biggest city Guwahati. Five others are flowing above the danger mark. So far six people have died due to the floods in Assam. The devastation has also left more than eight lakh people affected in the state.
Officials state more than 27,000 hectares of land are under water and over 7,000 people have been evacuated to relief camps. ferry services across the state have been stopped on account of more rains on their way. The worst hit areas in the state are Dhemaji and Lakhimpur in Upper Assam, home to tea gardens, and Bongaigaon and Barpeta in Lower Assam.
According to officials, the floodwaters will flow from the higher areas down to the valleys, and worsen the situation in Lower Assam. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has spoken to the deputy commissioners of the affected districts and asked them to keep a round-the-clock vigil in control rooms.He directed them to respond to people’s emergency calls.
The floodwaters meanwhile, have entered the Kaziranga National Park in Upper Assam- home to the endangered species of the one-horned rhinoceros. The animals have been forced to take shelter on the platforms constructed for their safety during the floods.