The natural disaster which hits Assam is now taking a toll on one of the World’s most protected Heritage Sites – The Kaziranga National Park. the National Park is facing the worst floods in the past ten years.
More than 2 lakh hectares of crops have been damaged in 23 districts due to the breaching of the embankments of Brahmaputra.
The affected districts include Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Nagaon, South Kamrup, Karbi Anglong and Chirang.
The present situation is worst and over 1.1 million people is affected , follows the disruption caused by pre-monsoon floods in April and May.
An official of the disaster management authority, who wished not to be quoted, said education institutions, which now serve as relief camps, remain closed. The official also said food, drinking water, and tarpaulin, among other necessities, are being provided to the needy.
Food, drinking water, and tarpaulin among other necessities, are being provided to the needy by the officials of disaster management authority.
“We are in touch with the affected areas. The chief minister has also reached out and has spoken with the district commissioners to take stock of the situation, following which the Assembly was also suspended.
We are on our toes, registering complaints,” said Nandita Hazarika, Deputy Secretary and SPO of Assam State Disaster Management Authority.
Over 366 relief camps are running and distribution centres are over 125,000 people are taking shelter across 15 districts.
The Brahmaputra is above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town.
The natural disaster not only affects the people but it also affects the wildlife as well. Almost 80 per cent of Kaziranga National Park, home to the one-horned rhinoceros, is submerged under water.