Assam: Over 5 lakh remain affected, two killed in floods

Officials said more than 60 percent of region's famed Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world's endangered one-horned rhinoceroses, is also under water, leaving the animals more vulnerable to poaching.

floods " Over 500,000 people living across 14 districts have been affected in current surge of water", an official said.

In 81 relief camps, 21,931 people have taken shelter.

However, people who are still marooned alleged that sufficient relief materials from the government and district administration have not reached them.

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has said the deluge has taken away chunks of main roads in Morigaon, Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts, snapping road communications and breached river embankments in Kokrajhar, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh and Golaghat districts causing water to rush into vast tracks of human habitation. State agencies were also on the scene to provide food and medical supplies. A large number of farm animals and poultry birds have been also affected, with the authorities still assessing the total loss.

Over 84,000 people have been affected in Bongaigaon alone.

Taking note on the plight of the flood affected people; Sonowal mooted the idea of building community centres in the flood affected places so that people can take shelter during the recurring floods in the state.

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Meanwhile, the KNP authority has fixed barricades and begun issuing time cards for vehicles plying through the Park to control movement and speed of vehicles.

Authorities have deployed teams of disaster response force to carry out relief and rescue operations in the affected areas.

Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Minister of State, Labour and Employment Pallab Lochan Das, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary RT Jindal, Home Commissioner LS Changsan, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia along with other senior officers were present at the meeting.

According to a report from East Siang district, rain water wreaked havoc in residential areas in Pasighat town flooding low-lying areas including Lower Banskata, Muriline, Electric colony, Police line and Gumin Nagar.

According to the Associated Press, army soldiers rescued thousands of people using boats.

Over the centuries, local people of Dhemaji have developed their own ways and means to deal with floods based on their experience and observations.

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