80 wild animals killed in Assam floods in Kaziranga

July 17, 2017, 12:35 am
Kaziranga  (Assam): An  officials report  of Eastern Assam Wildlife division says that approximately 52 per cent area of  430 sq km  area of Kaziranga National Park is still under water  , which has affected about 93 anti poaching  camps under Agaratoli,Kohara,Bagori,Burapahar and Biswanathghat  range in northern part of Brahmaputra  river  in the northeast Indian  state of Assam.
 
The deluge of  floods in northeast affected several wild  animals in the region, with at least 80  animals killed which includes   four one horned rhinos  in the World heritage site  .The National Park is situated about 228 kms from state capital Guwahati and situated on the northern part of National Highway  37. 
 
 Divisional Forest Officer  Kaziranga  National Park, Rohini Ballav Saikia said   that  between  July 5 to 15 , around  80  animals were killed  which includes  11 Hog deer , one Swamp deer which was   hit by a vehicle on NH-37 while crossing the road .
 
Forest officials , Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) teams and local people rescued 116 animals which includes  112 Hog deer and three Swamp deer  and after treating them  released them again in the wild .   He said 50 animals were drowned  in the deluge of floods out of   which 36 were  Hog deer, 4 Swamp deer, 4 rhinos, one Sambar, two wild boars, one buffalo and two porcupines.
 
Saikia said  that flood waters are now  receding gradually and grasslands were  visible  today and  if there is no rain in the next  three days the water would   almost be  cleared . The officials  are  using  drones and rangers for monitoring movement of  animals and keeping  a check  on possible  poaching  . The forest officials keep a  strict vigil to protect the  animals from poachers as they take  advantage during  floods  , every year when the animals are forced to take shelters in highlands. Moreover, foot patrolling has been intensified  in  every possible zone near the park .
 
One rhino had   strayed away  from   Biswanathghat  in northern range of the park for past  two days due to heavy  flow of water in the river Brahmaputra . The forest officials are   keeping a close watch on its movements   , said Divisional Forest officer East Sonitpur , Rajen Choudhury  .
 
Altogether 3,68,734 big animals and 2,27,775 small animals  have been affected in 24 districts of  Assam due to floods while around 11,93,458 people were severely  affected  as per  figures provided  by the Assam State  Disaster Management Authority .
 
Photos: WTI ,Kaziranga

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