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