The third wave of Assam floods have made further additions to the death toll to as high as 156. 606 villages still remain under water in the affected villages of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Chirang, South Salmara, Goapara, Morigaon, Nagaon, and Golaghat districts.
40,000 hectares of crop areas are inundated.Kaziranga National park still remain to be one of the worst affected areas. The intensity of flow of flood water crushed as high as 225 animals. The national park famous for its one horned rhino lost 15 rhinos, four elephant claves, a Royal Bengal Tiger and 194 deers in the 2nd wave of flood itself. The animals remain helpless in desperate search of higher places to save themselves from the rushing and dangerously high water accumulated in the park.
A report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said as high as 4.31 lakh people are facing the brunt of the floods in the worst affected districts, with Morigaon district having the highest number of affected people, followed by Nagaon. The mighty Brahmaputra and its tributary Dhansiri continue to flow above the danger mark in Dhubri town and Numaligarh respectively. The floods have caused a loss of about Rs. 2939 crores, 15 times higher than the average lossthe state puts up every year due to rain.
Assam state minister HimantaBiswaSarma, said that despite the prediction by India Meteorological Department about excess rainfall occurrence, actual rainfall received was normal, pointing probable cause of Assam flood towards heavy rainfall in China. He said that since China is not sharing hydrological data with India, Assam state government would urge the Centre to seek hydrological information from China which it had agreed upon as per a Memorandum of Understanding.
There are about 128 relief camps and distribution centers run by authorities in six districts. 25,129 people are taking shelter there presently. Apart from the shelter provided by the state, measures should also be taken to deal with the aftermath of floods. Floods of this large a scale pose threats of malnutrition, diarrhea, and water borne diseases like cholera and dysentery, and psychological stress. Proper measures will save lives of many people who are at high risk currently.