People Forced to Live on the Roofs as Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Assam

India | Associated Press | July 19, 2020, 2:41 pm
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 Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the flood situation in Assam remained grim on Thursday, as five more deaths were reported from four districts, taking the death toll due to the deluge to 71, while around 40 lakh people across 27 of the state's 33 districts have been affected. (Image: AP)
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Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the flood situation in Assam remained grim on Thursday, as five more deaths were reported from four districts, taking the death toll due to the deluge to 71, while around 40 lakh people across 27 of the state's 33 districts have been affected. (Image: AP)

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 According to officials of forest department and Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), at least 76 animals were killed, while 121 animals were rescued as 95 per cent of the world-famous Kaziranga national park, home to more than 2,200 one-horned Indian rhinoceros, was inundated. (Image: AP)
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According to officials of forest department and Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), at least 76 animals were killed, while 121 animals were rescued as 95 per cent of the world-famous Kaziranga national park, home to more than 2,200 one-horned Indian rhinoceros, was inundated. (Image: AP)

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 An ASDMA official said that over the past more than a month, 71 deaths due to the floods were reported from Sonitpur, Biswanath, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, while 26 others have been killed in separate landslides since May 22. (Image: AP)
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An ASDMA official said that over the past more than a month, 71 deaths due to the floods were reported from Sonitpur, Biswanath, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, while 26 others have been killed in separate landslides since May 22. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers are seen near their partially submerged houses in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by floodwaters and landslides following incessant rainfall in the region. (Image: AP)
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Villagers are seen near their partially submerged houses in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by floodwaters and landslides following incessant rainfall in the region. (Image: AP)

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 People park their tractors and vehicles on a bridge in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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People park their tractors and vehicles on a bridge in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers carry their grains on an embankment of river Brahmaputra in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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Villagers carry their grains on an embankment of river Brahmaputra in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 Women collect drinking water from a hand pump on an embankment of river Brahmaputra in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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Women collect drinking water from a hand pump on an embankment of river Brahmaputra in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 A man rows a boat near partially submerged houses in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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A man rows a boat near partially submerged houses in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 Villagers take shelter on an embankment of river Brahmaputra in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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Villagers take shelter on an embankment of river Brahmaputra in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 A boy fishes as two children sit on a country boat near their partially submerged house in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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A boy fishes as two children sit on a country boat near their partially submerged house in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 A man rows a makeshift banana raft with two children in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A boy stands on a makeshift platform near his partially submerged house in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A man rows a boat through floodwaters in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A flood-affected family rides on a boat near their partially submerged house in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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A flood-affected family rides on a boat near their partially submerged house in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 Flood-affected people on boats are seen near their submerged houses in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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Flood-affected people on boats are seen near their submerged houses in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 A forest official pulls a boat before patrolling in floodwater at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A woman rows a makeshift banana raft near her partially submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Indian forest guards patrol as one-horned rhinoceros take shelter on a highland as floodwater rises at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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Indian forest guards patrol as one-horned rhinoceros take shelter on a highland as floodwater rises at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 A forest employee cuts branches of a tree for rhinoceros as a forest guard keeps vigil near one-horned rhinoceros taking shelter from floods on a highland at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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A forest employee cuts branches of a tree for rhinoceros as a forest guard keeps vigil near one-horned rhinoceros taking shelter from floods on a highland at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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 A forest guard rows a country boat as a wild water buffalo stands in flood water at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Forest guards on a boat take away the carcass of a wild buffalo calf through flood water at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A flood-affected family take shelter on the roof of their partially submerged house near the river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A flood-affected family takes shelter on the roof of their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected families take shelter on a makeshift temporary structure near river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected people take shelter at a temporary structure near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Children ride on a country boat near their partially submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A flood-affected family takes shelter on the roof of their partially submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A flood-affected Indian woman stands on the roof of her partially submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A flood-affected family take shelter on boat near their partially submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Indian flood-affected people are seen on a boat near their partially submerged houses along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 People take shelter at a temporary structure near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected people take shelter on boats near their submerged houses along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected people take shelter at a temporary structure near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected people take shelter at temporary structures near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected people take shelter at a temporary structure near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 People take shelter at a temporary structure near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Woman and child take shelter at a temporary structure near their submerged house along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A forest guard stands on a boat as he patrols through the floodwater at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Pobitora, Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 Flood-affected people are seen on the roof of their partially submerged houses along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 People ride on boats near their partially submerged houses along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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 A view of partially submerged houses along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)
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A view of partially submerged houses along river Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam. (Image: AP)

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