At least 82 animals, including 7 rhinos died in floods in Kaziranga National Park: Govt

The floods have so far claimed over 70 lives in the northeastern state. Over 25 lakh people bore the brunt of the flooding in 29 districts. The administration set up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 31, 2017 10:21 pm
Assam floods, kaziranga national park, kaziranga animals, Assam rainfall, kaziranga inundated, sarbananda sonowal, Assam government, Rhinos with their calves standing on an elevated land in the flooded Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Wednesday. PTI Photo

As many as 89 animals, including seven rhinoceros, have died due to the flooding in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the government told Parliament on Monday. The Assam floods have affected the Kaziranga National Park. Seven rhinos, 82 hog deer, and two sambar deer have died in the flooding, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply.

The floods have so far claimed over 70 lives in the northeastern state. Over 25 lakh people bore the brunt of the flooding in 29 districts. The administration set up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

Vardhan said that based on Annual Plan of Operations submitted by tiger reserves, the government provides funds to them under the centrally-sponsored scheme ‘Project Tiger’ through the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The funds are used for various activities, including for measures to address flood situation such as creation of highlands and preventive structures against erosion, boats, rescue of animals, desiltation and creation of road network etc, he said.

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