Assam floods: 1 more dead, 26.38 lakh affected in 27 districts

An elderly woman rows a makeshift raft to cross a flood-affected area of Mayoong village in Morigaon district of Assam. (PTI Photo)
An elderly woman rows a makeshift raft to cross a flood-affected area of Mayoong village in Morigaon district of Assam. (PTI Photo)

Guwahati, July 25 (PTI):  The flood situation in Assam remained grim as one more person died and 26.38 lakh people are affected in 27 of the states 33 districts on Saturday, a government report said.

With the death of one person in Morigaon district, the toll in this year''s flood and landslides has risen to 123.

While 97 people died in flood-related incidents, 26 were killed in landslides, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

The ASDMA said the number of people affected by the deluge has been decreased by over 1.6 lakh since Friday, while that of the district increased by one.

Goalpara continued to be the most affected district with 4.7 lakh people hit by the deluge, followed by Barpeta (4.24 lakh) and Morigaon (3.75 lakh), it said.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Tezpur, Dhubri and Goalpara towns. Its tributaries such as Dhansiri, Jia Bharali, Kopili, Beki and Sankosh at Golokoganj in Dhubri are also flowing above the danger levels at various places.

Roads, bridges, culverts and many other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Chirang, Nagaon, Jorhat, Barpeta, Majuli districts.

Massive erosions have been witnessed at different places of Biswanath, South Salmara, Chirang and Majuli districts, the ASDMA said.

The district administrations are operating 564 relief camps and distribution centres across 19 districts, where 47,772 people have taken shelter.

The ASDMA bulletin said the floods have so far claimed the lives of 127 animals of different species, while 157 others were rescued in Kaziranga National Park.

The flooded districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Darrang, Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Charaideo, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, West Karbi Anglong and Cachar.


40 cattle die in flood-hit Assam after consuming toxic plant

Jorhat (Assam), Jul 25 (PTI): At least 40 cattle have died in a week after consuming toxic wild plants in flood-affected Majuli district of Assam, an official said on Friday. Cattle of several farmers in three sand bars ate a shrub, ''lantana camara'', which is locally known as ''goo phool'' plant, Majuli District Veterinary Officer (In-Charge) Dr Thaneswar Mudoi said. While some of the animals died at their owners'' place, carcasses of others were found on roads and jungles. "We have found that a total of 40 cattle of around two years of age have died after consuming the plant in three sand bars under Ahatguri gaon panchayat," Mudoi told PTI. "A few cattle die in this way in Majuli after flood every year, but their number is quite high this time," he said. A five-member team which included Mudoi has been formed to further investigate the matter. After consuming the toxic plant, "the cattle became icteric (affected by jaundice), had severe diarrhoea and excreted soft black faeces. The symptoms were developed over a period of one week before dying," the veterinary officer said. Consuming ''Lantana camara'' may cause liver damage to cows, sheep, horses and goats, sources said.