Guwahati: Although the overall flood situation in Assam has improved over the past week, at least 24 endangered animals were killed in the monsoon deluge in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR), officials said on Monday.
KNP & TR officials said the 24 dead animals included 17 deer pigs, two rhinos, a wild buffalo, two swamp deer, a python and a cap langur.
Forest staff have so far rescued four animals, including an endangered 10-day-old male rhino from the outer fringe of the Central Range near the Mihimukh Highlands.
“The mother of the calf could not be found. The weak and weakened calf has been sent to the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), ”said a KNP & TR official.
As in previous years, more than 70% of the area of the world famous national park covering the districts of Golaghat, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Karbi Anglong, has been inundated.
“With the overall improvement in flooding on Monday, 30% of KNP & TR are still under floodwater,” officials said.
They said authorities were closely monitoring the movement of animals crossing the national road through the park and at risk of being run over.
India’s seventh UNESCO World Heritage Site, KNP & TR is home to more than 2,400 Indian one-horned rhinos.
To prevent death and injury to animals, the speed limit is strictly enforced by forest and district administration officials and penalties are imposed for any violation.
About 1.19 lakh of people were affected in 14 of the state’s 34 districts due to the flooding on Monday, officials from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.
According to ASDMA officials, seven people lost their lives in flood-related incidents.
The flood situation is still bad in the districts of Golaghat, Darrang, Morigaon, Nagaon, Barpeta and Dhemaji.
About 19,660 hectares of cultivated areas have been inundated, ASDMA officials said, adding that 646 villages were affected.