Assam floods: 92 animals, including 7 rhinos, drown in deluge in Kaziranga National Park

Over 90 animals, including seven rhinoceros, have died due to the flooding in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the government told Parliament.

PTI July 31, 2017 20:14:01 IST
Assam floods: 92 animals, including 7 rhinos, drown in deluge in Kaziranga National Park

New Delhi: Over 90 animals, including seven rhinoceros, have died due to the flooding in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the government told Parliament on Monday.

Assam floods 92 animals including 7 rhinos drown in deluge in Kaziranga National Park

One-horned rhinoceroses are seen at the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Reuters

The Assam floods have affected the Kaziranga National Park. Seven rhinos, 83 hog deer, and two sambar deer have died in the flooding, environment minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply.

The floods have so far claimed over 70 lives in the northeastern state.

Over 25 lakh people bore the brunt of the flooding in 29 districts. The administration set up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

Vardhan said that based on Annual Plan of Operations submitted by tiger reserves, the government provides funds to them under the centrally-sponsored scheme 'Project Tiger' through the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The funds are used for various activities, including for measures to address flood situation such as creation of highlands and preventive structures against erosion, boats, rescue of animals, desiltation and creation of road network etc, he said.

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