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SOS Rhino : In the News : Ten Assam districts submerged

Ten Assam districts submerged
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.

Official reports 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 centres.

The situation was aggravated by heavy rains in the state and foothills of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh that caused the rivers to swell 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 high platforms 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 washing away of NH-52 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 Jiabhoroli rising, washing away wild animals along their course.

The high-speed rivers eroding vast human habitations had affected over 1,000 families at Gorisinga, Tengabasti, Tengakhuti and Bihiagaon. (PTI)

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