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Assam: Death toll increases to 112 as floods re-intensifies

The ravaging annual floods have claimed a total of 112 lives so far in Assam. Only 4 districts are reeling under floodwaters, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

A total of 29603 people and 3056 hectares of cropland across 40 villages have been affected by the flood. So far 3015 big animals, 1780 small animals and 1974 poultry are still affected.

The mighty Brahmaputra at Neematighat and Jia Bharali in Sonitpur in Assam are flowing above danger level, causing floods and consequently leaving thousands of families homeless.

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As per the latest data, the flood-affected districts are Dhemaji are Baksa. Six relief camps have been installed. In the relief camps, there are so far 62 people.

Meanwhile, the Kaziranga National park in Assam is badly affected with 50% area submerged and according to Forest department report, a total of 151 animals have died in this flood season and 172 animals have been rescued. 81 animals have died from drowning, 21 have died from vehicle hits and 17 died under treatment.

2020 Assam floods or 2020 Brahmaputra river floods refer to the floods in Brahmaputra River in Indian state of Assam in 2020. The floods also coincided with the worse COVID-19 pandemic in India. Initial flooding started in May 2020 due to heavy rainfall affecting 30,000 and destroying crops across 5 districts. Till July, the floods affected around 2 to 3 million in 27 districts and claiming the lives of more than 60 people. More than half of the area of Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are affected by floods forcing animals to move to other places. According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 3000 villages are affected, 1.28 lakh hectares of agricultural land submerged and 44 thousand people living in relief camps. Barpeta is the worst hit region with more than 5 lakh cases.

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