The flood situation in Assam continues to deteriorate further with one more person – a child – losing his life on Tuesday.
With the fresh death, the death toll in this first wave of floods that has hit Assam has climbed to three.
A child drowned at Bhuragaon circle in Morigaon district, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.
Meanwhile, the floods have affected nearly 5.74 lakh people in 18 districts of the state.
Nalbari district is the worst-hit district with over 1.1 lakh people affected, followed by Darrang with over 1.09 lakh people and Lakhimpur with over 1.08 lakh people.
Currently, as many as 1278 villages in 18 districts of Assam are reeling under flood waters.
Moreover, a total of 39,831.91 hectares of agricultural land have been damaged across Assam in the first wave of floods, the ASDMA said.
Meanwhile, 105 relief camps and distribution centres have been set up by the government in 14 districts of Assam.
Over 4000 people, including 680 children, have taken shelter in the 105 relief camps set up by the government.
Besides floods, large scale erosions have also been witnessed in the districts of Baksa, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Kamrup and Kokrajhar, while embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructure have been damaged by floodwaters in Sivasagar, Barpeta, Cachar, Golaghat, Majuli, Morigaon, Nagaon and Lakhimpur.
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The ASDMA added that over 3.5 lakh domestic animals and poultry have also been affected due to the floods.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) in Assam is also reeling under water.
Due to the flood and related incidents, seven hog deer and two swamp deer have died so far, while a rhino calf was rescued on Tuesday, the ASDMA said.