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Assam Floods: Kaziranga National Park Animals Also Affected, Visuals Emerge Of Their Struggle Amidst Neck-deep Water

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • On Tuesday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) declared a red colour warning for action, reports said
  • As per the latest update, 30 out of 33 districts have submerged in the state; fifteen people have died
  • Wildlife in UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga have also been affected with the death toll being 23

The floods situation in Assam remains serious as rains still persists in the state. But the MET Regional Center in Guwahati has confirmed that rainfall is gradually decreasing across the state. However, the situation far from being restored to normal.

 

As per the latest update, 30 out of 33 districts have submerged in the state. The worst affected areas are Lakhimpur, Majuli, Kaziranga, Morigaon, Barpeta and Nalbari. The death toll of people owing to the situation is 15.  Over 50 lakh people have been affected because of the state. The government has set up over 183 relief camp for the people affected by the floods in the state. Over one lakh people are living in the relief camps currently.

Wildlife in UNESCO World Heritage Site affected

The Kaziranga National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site has also been severely affected by the floods as 90% of it has been submerged. Rhino habitats in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Manas National Park have also been inundated with floodwaters. As seen in the video, the wild animals are navigating through the neck-deep water. Twenty-three wild animals have died owing to the floods.

The government has taken measures to resue the wildlife. The speed limit has been set at 20kmph to ensure safe movement of animals. The animals are being shifted to highlands. The forest department has increased its patrolling. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the phone and discussed the prevailing situation on Monday. Altogether, 4,157 villages are reeling from the impact of the floods that have overrun 1,53,211 hectares of farmland with standing crops, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority had said.

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Indian Army helps in rescue mission

On Monday night, the Indian Army carried out rescue operation in Nalbari. At least 160 people including 73 women and children were rescued. The Army was called in to assist NDRF and SDRF by the district administration.

In view of the worsening flood situation in the north-eastern region, Lieutenant General MM Naravane, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, took stock of the situation and assured a quick response by the Army on being requisitioned for deployment on flood relief tasks. Total of 95 flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns as reserve have been kept on ‘Stand by’ for this purpose. The Army is closely monitoring the flood situation in close coordination with civil administration along the large number of flood-prone areas. There are 152 monitoring stations which will ensure timely warning of an impending crisis due to floods.

The Army has alerted flood relief columns to be prepared for deployment on short notice. The mock drills conducted by the nominated army units in the run-up to the monsoon will ensure seamless integration of all elements and their synergized application in support of the populace.

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