Guwahati, August 6: The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), reported five people lost their lives on Sunday, due to unabated floods in the state. The official death toll now stands at 40 in this year’s floods.

“Two people died each in Morigaon and Goalpara district and one in Nalbari district,” the ASDMA report said.

The state-wide floods affect more than 1.7 million people, (17,67,159) and 1880 villages in 20 districts.

1,11,061 hectares of crops were submerged.

The ASDMA report shows the most affected districts are Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Golaghat, Nagaon, Dhubri, Kamrup (Metro) and Goalpara.

At Nematighat in Jorhat district, Tezpur in Sonitpur district, Guwahati in Kamrup (Metro) district, Goalpara and Dhubri the Brahmaputra river is still at danger level.

It was also reported that a female one horned rhino drowned in flood waters in Kaziranga National Park (KNP).

Forest guards found the carcass in Burhapahar forest range on Sunday morning. Flood waters submerged more than 80% of the National Park, and rangers reported that more than 70 forest camps flooded in the past few weeks,.

Many wild animals crossed the NH-37 to the relative safety of thenearby Karbi Hills as flood waters rose in the national park.

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