Guwahati: Due to the devastating floods in Assam, 90 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and its 155 camps were submerged in water.
The KNP is home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. With floods wreaking havoc, the forest officials said animals residing in the park are taking shelter in the highlands within the park and many are migrating to the southern highlands of Karbi Anglong crossing the National Highway (NH) 37.
The officials are also on alert on the NH 37 in order to avoid any poaching chances by hunters. “Though 155 anti-poaching camps, out 199 such camps of the park are affected by flood water, the staffs and security personnel are performing their duties using mechanised and country boats round-the-clock to deal with any kind of eventualities,” stated a press communique by the office of State Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya.
Till now, a total of six cases of accidents on the NH-37 have been recorded where causalities of five hog deer and one sambar were reported. Other five different animals in the park are reported to have succumbed to injuries due to flood-related reasons, the press communique stated.
“Teams for rescue operation of distressed animals, as per necessity, have been kept on standby. The Special Rhino Protection Force is also deployed in vulnerable locations of the Park,” the communique mentioned.
It may be mentioned that the forest officers were asked to remain on duty and their leaves were cancelled.