Assam floods: Over 140 animal carcasses found at Kaziranga National Park
area of the famed Kaziranga National Park and claimed the lives of over 140 animals, including seven rhinos.
The second wave of floods in Assam has inundated 80 per cent of the 481 sq km area of the famed Kaziranga National Park and claimed the lives of over 140 animals, including seven rhinos.
Since August 10, seven rhinos, 122 swamp deer, two elephants, three wild boars, two hog deer, three sambhar deer, one buffalo and one porcupine died, KNP Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohini Ballav Saikia said here on Thursday.
"Carcasses are being recovered daily," the official said. Out of the seven dead rhinos, six drowned while the other died of natural causes. Water of the Brahmaputra river entered the KNP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, through river Difloo on 10 August, the DFO said.
Intensified water patrolling was on by KNP guards, task force, protection force along with those from NGOs, Wildlife Trust of India and forest department employees for rescuing, recovering and making assessment of species trapped or dead in the KNP, Sakia said.
At present, animals in KNP are moving in search of food available on both sides of the NH-37 and the adjacent tea gardens towards the higher altitudes of Karbi Anglong district, the official said.
Forest department and security personnel are fixing hoardings, posters, banners to restrict speed limit of
vehicles on the NH-37 passing through the park between 20 to 40 km per hour, the DFO said.
Assam floods situation worsens: Death toll increases to 69, nearly nine lakh people remain affected in 16 districts
The death toll in the Assam floods climbed to 69 as four more deaths were reported on Tuesday, while nearly nine lakh people remained affected in 16 districts.
Efforts are on to raise a separate battalion of the force and a new range office in the Northern part of the Park, Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said in the state assembly on Thursday.