Assam flood situation deteriorates; toll at 89

After showing signs of improvement for the past couple of days, incessant rain in many parts of the state has led to deterioration in flood situation of Assam once again, as the number of affected population and death continued to increase on July 22.

Two persons were reported dead due to floods in the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll in floods to 89 so far. Another 26 lives have been claimed in landslides in the state so far.

The number of affected population increased by two lakhs overnight, and reached 26.31 lakh on July 22, as per an Assam State Disaster Management Authority bulletin.

Among the worst-hit districts are Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup Metro and Golaghat.

The number of affected districts also increased by two to reach 26 on July 22 evening, in which 75 revenue circle and 2525 villages and localities are reeling under waters.

Over 45,000 displaced people were taking shelter in 281 relief camps, while 110 relief distribution centres were also operational.

Altogether eight major rivers were flowing above the danger level in the state, including the Brahmaputra in five places.

The flood situation in Kaziranga National Park has also deteriorated again with 126 camps, out of 223 camps, affected, while five remain vacated.

As many as 120 animals have been killed in floods so far, including being hit by passing vehicles, while 147 animals have been rescued.

Vast tracts of Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have also been affected.

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