Kaziranga flood: 83 wild animals including seven rhinos dead, 58 beasts rescued
Guwahati, July 18 (IBNS): The Assam forest department, forest guards of Kaziranga National Park and many other NGOs have rescued several wild animals while the Kaziranga National Park has faced devastating flood this year and the animals suffering majorly.
According to reports, the forest department, park authorities, CWRC, NGOs have rescued the wild animals with the help of local people from adjoining areas of the park.
Over 95 per cent areas of the World Heritage Site has been submerged by the flood waters in which the animals have been forced to move the neighbouring hill areas of Karbi Anglong district by crossing the Asian Highway.
The park authorities, state forest department, CWRC have rescued 58 wild animals including two rhino calves, 50 hog deer, one elephant and they are now under treatment.
Following the deluge, the Assam forest department has opened a help line number (0361-2332830) and urged the people to help the park authorities, forest department to rescue the wild animals.
Assam forest department PRO Sailen Pandey said the state forest department, park authorities, NGOs, CWRC are engaged in rescue operations to safely rescue the wild animals, who were moved outside of the park following the devastating flood.
On the other hand, a tiger escaped from the national park and was spotted relaxing on a bed inside a house near the park on Thursday.
“The tiger was spotted next to the highway at 8:30 am, moving fm the park, just 200 m away, on its way to Karbi hills abt 500 m across the National highway. Probably disturbed, he jumped across the wall of a scrap garage & took refuge in the dark room,” WTI tweeted.
On the other hand, at least 83 wild animals including seven rhinos have died in the devastating deluge in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park.
The flood situation in the park has gradually improved but 98 forest camps in the national park are still under water.
Among the wild animals, six rhinos, 34 hog deer, 5 wild boar, 4 sambar, one elephant, one swamp deer, one water buffalo and one porcupine have drowned in flood waters in the park.
On the other hand, 13 hog deer and one sambar were died after bring hit by vehicles while trying to move to neighbouring hill areas in Karbi Anglong district because of the flood.
According to the park authority, one rhino and 10 hog deer died because of other reasons in the national park during the current flood.
The forest department, CWRC and the locals have rescued 58 wild animals including two rhino calves, 50 hog deer, one baby elephant, one swamp deer, one sambar and three other animals from the park and adjoining areas.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)