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Floods devastate 3 national parks

The floods caused by the Brahmaputra and its numerous tributaries have left a devastating impact,particularly in three of Assam’s five national parks

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: July 3, 2012 12:39:41 am

The floods caused by the Brahmaputra and its numerous tributaries have left a devastating impact,particularly in three of Assam’s five national parks. The 350 sq km Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia district has suffered the worst,with the Brahmaputra and Dibru — a tributary — inundating most od its parts and washing away a large number of animals,particularly barking deer and hog deer.

So is the case with Kaziranga and Manas,with a sizeable number of wild animals being washed away or killed due to drowning.

Elephants,rhinos,tigers and other wild animals fleeing from their submerged natural habitats also caused panic in nearby villages,while there have been reports of people catching deer and feasting on their meat. In Guwahati on the other hand people even collected dead deer which flowed down the Brahmaputra that had submerged Dibru-Saikhowa and Kaziranga national parks apart from three other wildlife sanctuaries upstream.

“Floods are required to maintain ecological processes vital for creating variety of habitats suitable for different floral and faunal assemblages. But the water crossed the optimum levels,creating stress conditions both for wild animals and protected area management,” an official said.

In Kaziranga,a certain level of floods is always welcome once a year. “Flood water entering the Brahmaputra not only works as a natural flush-out for various waste material and debris,but also helps distribute fingerlings of a large variety of fish that lays egg in the water bodies here,” said Dibyadhar Gogoi,DFO of Kaziranga.

The current wave of floods also caused immense destruction to infrastructure in the national parks,washing away roads and bridges.

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