Kaziranga hit hard by floods in Assam

The devastating floods in Assam have hit Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve hard, altogether killing 96 animals, including seven one-horned rhinoceros.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to the flood has reached 79 on Saturday with 26 districts along the Brahmaputra affected including Jorhat, Sontipur, Tezpur, Goalpara, Dhubri and Barpeta.

According to DFO of Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, 96 animals died and 132 have been rescued in Kaziranga National Park and 59 camps out of 223 are affected inside the Park.

“The animals which died due to drowning include seven rhinoceroses, three wild buffaloes, seven wild boars, two swamp deer, 74 hog deer and two porcupines have died in the flood,” officials said.

The Kaziranga Park authority said that 50 animals, including 46 hog deer have been injured due to the flood while 132 others have been rescued by the forest officials, locals and rescue workers.

The flood has caused several animals to stray out of Kaziranga’s limits and into human habitations, keeping forest authorities busy with rescue work. A tigress had strayed to a house near Kaziranga and the forest officials tranquilized the animal before transporting it to a rescue camp. The animal has now been released in a safer part of the reserve.

This was not the only rescue. The park authority tweeted on Saturday: “A rhino has strayed out near Bandar Dhubi area at Bagori Range yesterday and is taking rest near NH37. The drive out operation is being carried out to guide the rhino to the park.”

Apart from this, a baby rhino, which got separated from its mother, was rescued and taken to safety in by the staff of Kaziranga & Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation on July 16.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal visited the flood affected areas of Kaziranga National Park on July 16. He said, “The staff of the national park are committed towards the safety of the animals here.”

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