Biswanath, July 16, 2019
The body of the jumbo was first spotted by the local residents. The locals claimed that the elephant strayed out of the sixth addition of the Kaziranga National Park in search of food as over 90 per cent of the park is underwater. The forest official has reached the spot to take stock of the situation.
The death toll till July 15th, 2019 increased to 15. NDRF and SDRF teams are continuously engaged in assisting the local administration in rescue and relief work.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who arrived in Guwahati on July 15th, 2019, will undertake an aerial survey in Upper Assam on July 16th, 2019. The Union Minister will also hold a review meeting with ministers and officials in Guwahati.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke with the Assam Chief Minister. The Centre assured all help and co-operation to the state after Sonowal briefed Modi and Shah on the relief, rescue and rehabilitation measures.