Tuesday, July 1, 2003 (Guwahati):
Over four lakh people in Assam were
today reeling under the impact of the swirling flood waters
that submerged 10 districts overrunning
vast tracks of human habitation and farm land.
said the rain-fed Brahmaputra and its tributaries had inundated
the districts displacing the people from their homes,
forcing them to take shelter in high lands, roads and relief
The situation was aggravated by heavy
rains in the state and foothills of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh
that caused the
alarmingly above the red mark and reaching danger level at
Majuli, the largest river island in the world.
The Kaziranga National
Park, home of the one-horned Indian rhino, was also flooded,
with the animals taking shelter on
constructed within the sanctuary and other natural highlands.
Worst-hit Dhemaji district continues
to be cut-off from the rest of the country since June 12 following
and railway tracks by the rising waters of river Jiadhol
at two places
of Bhajugaon and Kekuri.
In Sonitpur district, the situation
was deteriorating with the Brahmapuitra and its major tributary
away wild animals
along their course.
The high-speed rivers eroding vast
human habitations had affected over 1,000 families at Gorisinga,