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Guwahati: Nearly 90,000 people have been affected in the latest wave of floods across seven districts in Assam.

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said more than 88,000 people are reeling under flood in 257 villages across Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon and Biswanath districts.

Currently, Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Tezpur in Sonitpur districts, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dikhow at Sivasagar, Dhansiri at Golaghat town and Numaligarh in Golaghat and Jia Bharali at NT road crossing in Sonitpur, the ASDMA said.

The authorities have also opened seven relief camps in Lakhimpur district. More than 6,000 hectares of crops have been damaged in these districts.

Meanwhile, flood waters inundated a Central Reserve Police Force camp in Jorhat, while erosion by Dhansiri river has been reported from Golaghat. Flood waters also entered Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary—the world’s most dense habitat of one-horned rhinos.

Forest officials said more than 70% of the sanctuary is under water, forcing wild animals to go to high land. A defence spokesperson said the army is closely monitoring the current flood situation and the levels of rising water in Brahmaputra.

“The army flood relief columns are in a state of full readiness to be deployed for flood relief action as and when required in any of the affected areas," the spokesperson added.

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