From A Correspondent
Golaghat, Sept 3 : The world heritage site Kaziranga tiol Park has been badly affected by the current wave of floods. Over 400 sq km area of Kaziranga tiol park, about 250 km from Guwahati , was under water on Thursday. “Large swathes of the park are under water, but the water level is stable,” said an official of the tiol park.
About 80 per cent of the area was inundated after water from the Brahmaputra, which lies on the northern part of Kaziranga, entered the park.
Animals have already started moving out of the park for elevated land in the adjoining Karbi Anglong district on the southern part of Kaziranga. However, small animals, especially hog deer are moving in large herds across Karbi Anglong by crossing the NH 37.
“Large animals, especially rhinos, buffaloes and elephants, have not left the park in large numbers as yet. So far, there have been no reports of animals being killed after being hit by vehicles while crossing the highway,” a park official, deployed to monitor the speed of vehicles on the highway, said. The park authorities imposed speed restriction on passing vehicles on the highway. In the 2012 floods, a large number of animals were killed by speeding vehicles and drowning. The flood in 2012 was one of the worst the state experienced.
The park official said that about 107 forest camps area have been submerged by the floods. According to reports a rhino cub and a deer have died at Methani in KNP due to flood.