Golaghat, July 13, 2019:
The animals of Kaziranga continue to suffer due to the flood that has submerged the wetland. As most of the national park has been completely submerged underwater, many of the wild animals have retreated to surrounding areas and highways, leading to increased danger to their lives.
In a latest tragic incident, a deer which had moved to the highway to seek respite from the flood was run over by a speeding vehicle at 1 pm on Saturday at Bagori near the National Highway 37.
It is to be mentioned that more than eight lakh people have been affected in Assam as monsoon floods have inundated at least 21 of the 33 districts in the state.
The Brahmaputra river, one of the largest in the world that cuts through the state’s biggest city Guwahati, and five others are flowing above the danger mark, officials have said.
Six people have died so far due to floods in Assam.The Kaziranga national park, famous for its one horned rhinos, is on the verge of getting inundated by flood waters that have already submerged several areas in Assam.
When flood occurs, animals often cross NH 37 to take shelter on the highlands which is on the other side.
Kaziranga park authorities are taking every care to ensure damage is minimal during the flood and that a review meeting was held when water first entered the national park a few days back.
Last year, 573 wild animals of the national park died during floods, according to official figures. Besides, incessant rain in the region over the the past few days has resulted in most of the water bodies overflowing and the animals moving to higher reaches.
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