He (Rhino who strayed out) has moved into the Park Territory. He is regaining his strength. Team @kaziranga_ is giving him his natural food. We along with @nagaonpolice are guarding the area for his safety.
Thank you everyone for the support.@CMOfficeAssam @ParimalSuklaba1 pic.twitter.com/9xeCRMdVDf
— Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve (@kaziranga_) July 19, 2020
Guwahati (Assam), July 19 : Major portions of the Kaziranga National Park is under water as floods continue to wreak havoc iin the state with over 25 lakh people in 24 of the state’s 33 districts severely affected.
Already 108 wild animals including nine rhinos have died due to the floods at Kaziranga National Park.
According to KNP sources , nearly 85% area of the park spread over 430 square km is under water at present. 43 of the 223 forest camps inside the park are inundated of which 6 have been vacated.
As of now 60 animals (36 hog deer, 8 rhinos, 3 wild buffalo, 1 python, 7 wild boar, 2 swamp deer, 1 Sambar and two porcupines) have died due to drowning. Fifteen hog deer have died after getting hit by vehicles on national highway 37 close to the park while trying to cross it to escape flood waters.
On Saturday, an adult male rhino had strayed out of the park and rested for several hours on NH37. The animal, which was being guarded by police and forest personnel, moved back to the park on Sunday morning.
As per Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) statement , five more deaths due to drowning were reported from five affected districts on Sunday taking the death toll this season to 84.
PM Narendra Modi telephoned Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday to take stock of the flood, erosion, Covid-19 situation as well as efforts to control the fire at a natural gas well in Baghjan and assured all help from the Centre.
“The PM said that the central government was keeping a close watch on flood, erosion, Covid-19 and Baghjan situation in the state and had been standing closely with the people of Assam during these difficult times,” said an official statement issued from the CMOs office