Assam floods: Death toll rises to 59; around 44 lakh remain affected
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The flood situation in Assam remains uncertain, as 12 more people died on Saturday taking the death toll to 59.

According to the Flood report released by the Assam state Disaster Management Authority, Brahmaputra, Dhansiri and Kopili rivers are still flowing above the danger level.

However, floodwaters have started coming down in the mainland since Thursday, but 24 out of 33 districts still remain affected.

The state flood report states that Bharpeta, Dhubri and Marigaon districts remain the most affected due to floods.

Till Sunday, around 44 lakh people remain affected by the floods, the report said.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said “I want to thank Central government & Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on behalf of the people of Assam for their help.”

The state government was doing everything to provide relief to people affected by floods, the CM further added.

Floods have claimed 129 wildlife deaths at the Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage site. However, water levels at the Park receded by 138 cm.

Animals including 10 rhinoceros, 62 hog deer, eight sambhar deer and an equal number of wild boar, five swamp deer, two porcupines, an elephant and a wild buffalo have died in the park since July 13.

Large-scale flood relief operations in flood-hit areas of Assam are being conducted by the Army.

The National and the State Disaster Response Forces are involved in relief operations too.

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