Guwahati: Assam forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya affirmed on May 24 that all preventive arrangements have been made by the Assam Forest Department in the national parks and the wildlife sanctuaries of the state in order to protect the wild animals during floods.
The forest minister said that all the necessary arrangements have been made by the forest department and authorities of the national parks and the wildlife sanctuaries to tackle the food shortage and safeguard the wild animals.
"Every year, we have taken measures to tackle floods and we have given top priority to rescue the wild animals. We always try how to rescue all animals in the national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries during floods. This year also, we have made all arrangements for it," Suklabaidya said.
Parimal Suklabaidya informed that the forest department has also made a routine list of the forest staff and workers on how they will carry out their work during floods.
The Assam Forest Minister revealed that a time card will be introduced for all vehicles so as to restrict vehicular speed on roads which are passing through the national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.
He said that rescue teams have also been arranged for Kaziranga National Park and added that there are sufficient highlands in the national parks and sanctuaries of Assam.
Meanwhile, as many as 25 persons have died so far and 33 districts have been severely affected due to floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain in the state.
As per the reports of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), as many as 19 people have lost their lives as a result of floods while five people have died in landslide incidents.
The ASMDA stated that more than 9.66 lakh people were also displaced by this year's flood which has wreaked havoc across the state.