GUWAHATI, July 18 � The flood situation in Assam continued to be grim today in the four districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Golaghat with over 300 people rendered homeless and the low-lying areas of Kaziranga National Park getting submerged, reports PTI.
The Brahmaputra and most of its tributaries were flowing above the danger level in the districts, the Central Water Commission said.
The flood waters entered the Kaziranga Park, home to the one-horned rhino, in Golaghat district, officials said.
The rain-fed streams overflowed submerging some low-lying areas and a few forest check-posts in Kaziranga. The animals in the park were, however, safe as high platforms were constructed for their shelter, officials said.
In Sonitpur, the Jiabhorali, a tributary of Brahmaputra, washed away 500 hectares along with 25 houses rendering over 300 people homeless at Tikajan area near Tezpur town, they said.
The river rising alarmingly towards the danger level was threatening to breach a dyke and inundate a 50-km stretch between Mansiri and Gotaimari.
With nearly two lakh people reeling under the impact of the first wave of floods and four persons dead so far following incessant rains in the state and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre had yesterday deployed five teams of the National Disaster Response Force.
The NDRF was engaged in rescue and relief operations in the flood affected areas of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, where the district administrations have pressed into service motorised boats for rescue and relief operations, they said.
The district administrations and Forest department were taking necessary precautionary measures and conducting relief operations. Food items were also being supplied to the affected people by the district administrations.