Assam: Animals face danger in flooded Kaziranga National Park JORHAT

30th Aug,2021

Assam: Animals face danger in flooded Kaziranga National Park JORHAT


Floodwaters submerged nearly 60% of the total 430 square km area of Unesco World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on Sunday. Floods had affected 76 of the park's 155 anti-poaching camps as of Sunday evening, according to park officials. A large number of wild animals have emerged from the park's periphery in search of highlands in the nearby Karbi hills, which are located on the park's southern boundary. On Sunday, two hog deer were killed while crossing National Highway 37 on their way to the nearby Karbi hills.Ramesh Kumar Gogoi, DFO of Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, Kaziranga, told TOI that two hog deer were killed in separate incidents on the highway on Sunday. “They were hit by speeding vehicles while crossing the road on their way to the nearby Karbi hills in search of highlands due to the floods in Kaziranga,” Gogoi explained.Aside from rhinos, a large number of wild animals such as elephants, deer, and buffalos have fled the flooded park. Forest guards have been patrolling the park on country boats on a regular basis to prevent poaching. A large number of forest guards, police officers, and Assam Forest Protection Force personnel are patrolling NH 37 to ensure that motorists do not hit animals.Meanwhile, the flood situation on Majuli, the largest river island, became critical on Sunday. On Sunday, the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributary, the Subansiri, was above the danger mark at Neematighat in Jorhat district and Jengraimukh in Majuli for the third day in a row. Majuli district administration officials reported that floods had affected approximately 70 villages in Majuli as of Sunday evening. According to a water resources department report, the Brahmaputra's water level was 86.98 metres, 1.44 metres above the danger level at Neematighat, and 86.25 metres above the danger level at Kamalabari ferry ghat, 1.35 metres above the danger level.