The flood situation in Assam remained grim as 26 died in a fresh round of flooding and hundreds of thousands of people remain displaced.
In Jorhat, villages were empty as houses and shacks were submerged under water. Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Kachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darang, Baksa , Nalbari , Udalguri , Kamrup and Dibrugarh were among the worst affected areas in the state.
Ministers from the federal and state governments visited the flood-affected areas and assured help to the affected people. Relief camps have been set up all across the state as well.
In the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) the situation was no better as water reached danger level and two animals – a deer and a rhino calf – were drowned to death.
“The time the water reached the Kaziranga park on the night of 29th August and since then it is increasing. Today the flood-level is almost standstill. Already 106 anti-poaching camps are affected and we had to evacuate six anti-poaching camps and we have shifted our protection staff to neighbouring safer locations. Floods are really high. We are maintaining strict surveillance in the national highway and the national park,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Kaziranga National Park, S.K. Sill Sarmah.
Sarmah added that police officials, administration, non-governmental organisations and villagers were helping protect the animals.
The Brahmaputra river and many of its tributaries have breached their banks after downpours, washing away thousands of homes mostly made of bamboo and straw, as well as roads, bridges and power lines.
The floods have affected close to 900,000 people in 1,841 villages of 18 districts in the tate. As many as 85,000 people have taken shelter in the 214 relief camps set up by the government.
Annual monsoon season is vital for India as half of its cropland lacks irrigation. The rains support two-thirds of India’s 1.25 billion populations who live in rural areas and rely on farming.
But excessive rains cause many problems such as floods, landslides and water-borne diseases.