Floods continue to ravage Assam


GUWAHATI: There is no respite from flood fury in Assam as several rivers are flowing above the danger level. The current wave of floods, third in the year has affected 27 lakh people and washed away houses and livestock.

Dhubri, Goalpara and Barpeta are among the worst affected areas in the state. According to reports, 1.17  lakh hectares of cropped areas are also under flood water. Relief and rescue works are being carried out by State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams.

Major portions of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are also reeling under water. Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have been severely hit by the third wave of the floods in this year. Hundreds of animals died due to deluge in the national parks and sanctuaries in the state.  

Meanwhile, the Panchayat and Rural Development Department has informed that priority would be given to flood hit areas in allocating works under MG NREGA. According to a news report by All India Radio (AIR), principal secretary J B Ekka said that MG NREGA works have been affected to some extent due to floods.