Assam floods: All you need to know

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17 Jul 2019

Assam floods: 20 dead, 52 lakh affected; Centre releases funds

Assam battered due to floods, found no respite on Tuesday with the death toll reaching 20. The number of people who have been affected by incessant rains touched 52 lakh, while only 1.5 lakh have been taken to relief centers.

The Indian Army has also been called to help in rescue operations.

Meanwhile, the Centre released Rs. 251.55 crore for the state.

Situation

30 out of 33 districts affected, 11 rivers overflowing

30 out of 33 districts affected, 11 rivers overflowing

As many as 30 out of Assam's 33 districts have been ravaged due to floods. The worst affected districts are Barpeta, Dhubri, and South Salmara.

More than 4,600 villages were submerged as 11 rivers flowing in the state stayed above the danger level.

The water level in Brahmaputra river, which passes through capital Guwahati, didn't show signs of receding either.

15 NDRF teams pressed to service, IAF choppers on standby

To note, 15 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), having 380 personnel, have been deployed to aid in relief operations. Indian Army has also stepped in. Moreover, aircraft of Indian Air Force have been kept on standby to drop relief materials from the air.

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Kaziranga

30 animals died in Kaziranga, but water has started receding

Separately, in Kaziranga National Park, which is home to endangered one-horned rhinos, 30 animals have died so far.

However, officials said the water level is finally receding. Due to rains, 95% of the wildlife reserve was submerged, prompting animals to look for safer zones. 150 anti-poaching camps were also affected.

Considering the downpour, authorities imposed Section 144 in the vicinity of the national park.

Watch: Kaziranga staff save a rhino calf

Funds

To help Assam deal with crisis, Centre released funds

To help Assam deal with crisis, Centre released funds

On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to take stock of the situation and promised all necessary help.

A day later, Rs. 251.55 crore was released.

Thanking PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "This shall immensely help in relief operations and mitigating suffering of people affected by Assam floods."

On a related note, Rahul Gandhi also posted about floods

Details

Hima Das donated half of her salary to relief fund

Meanwhile, other renowned personalities have also been urging citizens to help Assam.

Athlete Hima Das, who belongs to the state, posted pictures of the deluge on her Twitter account to shed light on the crisis. She has also donated half of her months' salary to Assam Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana also prayed for the state, in a tweet.

Please help Assam, urged Hima Das

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Where is Kaziranga National Park?

Asked 2019-07-17 11:03:58 by Anika Mittal

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Kaziranga National Park is in Assam.

How many animals died in Kaziranga National Park?

Asked 2019-07-17 11:03:58 by Navya Jayaraman

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So far, 30 animals have died in Kaziranga National Park.

How much money did Centre send to Assam?

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Centre gave Rs. 251.55 crore to Assam to aid in flood relief.

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Over 4,600 villages have been affected due to floods.

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