95% areas of Kaziranga reeling under flood, 11 animals killed

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 15: A total of 95 per cent areas of Kaziranga National Park have been submerged by flood water forcing the wild animals move to high lands, state forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya said here Monday.

Altogether 158 forest camps have also been submerged by the flood waters, the statement said. A total of 18 camps have been shifted to safer places on Monday, the minister said in a statement.

At least 11 wild animals, including eight hog deers were killed in the devastating flood in the national park, the report also said.

Eight hog deers were killed when speeding vehicles hit them when the animals were crossing the national highway to move towards Karbi Anglong.

Several animals, including elephants have been forced to move to the nearby high lands by crossing the national highway 37.

The vehicular movement has been restricted on the NH-37 after flood water submerged several parts of the road in Kaziranga.

“Till now six cases of accident on the national hare recorded have been reported where 5 hog deers and one sambar were killed. Five other animals have been reported to be killed for various reasons,” the statement said.

Altogether 82 jawans of the Special Rhino Protection Force have been also deployed in vulnerable locations of the park, it said.

As per directive of forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya, principal chief conservator of forests, AM Singh visited several areas of the park on Sunday to take the stock of the situation.

 

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