Guwahati: The situation in flood-ravaged Assam remains grim with the toll rising to 117 and the water level of Brahmaputra river and its tributaries flowing above the danger level though showing a receding trend in some affected districts.

Altogether 101 people have died due to the floods and 16 in landslides caused by incessant rainfall while 16 people are still missing, official sources said on Friday. An estimated 22 lakh people have been affected in the worst floods in recent years, causing large-scale devastation in 2809 villages in 27 of the 28 districts of the state.

The current wave of floods has devastated the world famous Kaziranga National Park where more than 540 animals, including 13 rhinos, have perished, the sources said.

The situation in the world's largest river island Majuli was also grim. Almost the entire island is submerged and more than 75 families have been rendered homeless due to heavy floods and unabated erosion.

The sources said the water level in Brahmaputra and its tributaries is showing receding trend in some districts but in a majority of areas it is flowing above the danger mark.

Road services, affected at 2847 places, are yet to be restored as also rail tracks damaged by landslides in Lumding- Badarpur Railway Division.

An estimated five lakh people have taken shelter in 630 relief camps and 150 medical teams have been deployed to provide medical aid, the sources added.


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