The flood situation in Assam worsened Sunday (July 14) with over 14 lakh people displaced by the deluge in 25 districts, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.
The flood-affected districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Karbi Anglong West, Kamrup, Cachar, Dhubri and Tinsukia.
Sixty-two relief camps and 172 relief distribution centres have been opened for the marooned people.
Eight people have so far lost their lives in the present wave of floods while two persons, one each in Kamrup (Metro) and Dima Hasaon, have died in incidents of landslides triggered by heavy rainfall.
Golaghat with three registered the maximum flood deaths while two persons have died in Dhemaji and Jorhat while one death has been reported from Barpeta district.
Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Neematighat (Jorhat), Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri; the Burhidehing at Jhowang in Dibrugarh district, Subansiri in Badatighat, Dhansiri at Numaligarh, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing, Kopili at Kampur in Nagaon and Dharamtul, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing, Beki at Road Bridge (Barpeta), the Barak at AP Ghat (Cachar) and Badarpur (Karimganj), Katakhal river at Matizuri in Hailakandi while the Kushiyara is flowing above the danger level at Karimganj, the ASDMA stated.
Meanwhile, 70% of the Kaziranga National Park has been inundated forcing wild animals to flee to uplands.
Forest and district administration officials have been alerted on the possibility of poachers trying to kill rhinos and other animals in the park.