Assam and Bihar floods: 166 dead, over 1 crore affected; 141 animals die in Kaziranga National Park 

Pallavi Kulkarni  Monday 22nd of July 2019 01:08 PM
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Rhinos and at least one Asiatic wild buffalo is seen talking shelter on a manmade high ground in Kaziranga National Park.

New Delhi: The number of casualtie in flood affected Assam and Bihar regions have risen to 166, on Sunday. Sixty-four deaths in Assam and 102 in Bihar have been reported since Saturday. Many wild animals have also perished in Assam, including a dozen rhinos.

The disaster management department of Bihar has confirmed that Sitamarhi district in Bihar has been worst affected by the flood with 27 deaths, however, recent casualties have been reported from Madhubani district. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar visited relief camps in both the districts.

Meanwhile in the northeast, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the recent casualties of flood have been reported two from Morigaon district and one each from Dhemaji, Goalpara and Kamrup districts.

Around 72.78 lakh people in 12 districts of Bihar state have been affected by the flood, whereas 38.37 lakh people have been hit by the natural calamity in 18 of its 33 districts of Assam.

Rhino death toll rises to 12 in Kaziranga

The upper Assam wildlife division has reported that 141 animals have died while 64 animals were rescued, so far. Rhino casualties jumped to 12. According to reports, most of rhino casualties were that of young calves.

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi, on Sunday visited the Kaziranga National Park to take the account of situation. Kaziranga director P Sivakumar said, “The governor expressed his satisfaction on the work of the park authority and others during the floods. He was also satisfied with the highlands constructed in the park.”

The governor has asked for the detailed report of flood damage to the state government along with the proposal for infrastructure development.

Around 400 animals including 30 rhinos died during massive flood in 2017 in Assam. The highlands were constructed in the last two years for the safety of animals of the park.

According to the reports, the water level has been started receding in both the states bringing respite from the flood and displaced people are returning to their houses.




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