Guwahati, August 14: Nearly 85 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) is inundated in Assam floods, severly affecting the wildlife. With the situation worsening in several parts of the state, officials claimed that this year’s deluge is one of the worst that Kaziranga experienced since 1988.Also Read - Akshay Kumar Donates Rs 1 Crore For Assam Flood Relief
With 85 per cent of the national park under water, the wildlife has witnessed heavy displacement. Water from the Brahmaputra river rushed into the area, triggering large-scale migration of animals from the park to the highlands in neighbouring Karbi Anglong district. “The situation is very grim after large swathes of the park went under water. We don’t know yet how many animals perished in the flood. We will only be able to know after the water level recedes,” Kaziranga divisional forest officer, Rohini Ballav Saikia told Times of India. Also Read - Assam Floods: Raging Monsoon Causes Havoc, Death Toll Rises to 89 Across 26 Districts
Around 148 of the 188 permanent and makeshift anti-poaching camps have also been submerged. The Also Read - Watch: Pregnant Woman Taken to Hospital on Makeshift Boat Amid Floods in Bihar's Darbhanga
Last month, floods in Assam had claimed the lives of 124 animals, including nine rhinos, in KNP. Besides, 130 other animals were injured in KNP when the river waters submerged 85 per cent of the World Heritage site, Saikia had said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called up Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who toured various flood-affected areas in Dibrugarh district, an official release said. “The Prime Minister expressed concern and assured all possible help and support to the state government in handling the situation,” the statement said.
Sonowal informed Modi about the devastation caused by the flood in middle and upper Assam and the disruption to vehicular movement on National Highway 37.
The devastating flood has damaged many embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructures in Dhemaji, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Nagaon, Majuli, Golaghat, Charaideo, Chirang, Dhubri, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Biswanath.
With inputs from Agencies