New Delhi, July 15: As many as 83 people have lost their lives in the floods that have hit 58 districts of Northeast. The state of Assam has suffered the worst impact of the flood due to its bowl-shaped topography, torrential rains and because of the overflowing Brahmaputra. In Assam, 72 animals have reportedly died in Kaziranga National Park as 80 per cent of its land has dubmerged under the water.Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Plans to Operate 36 Pairs of Trains With Additional Coaches In These States | Full List Here
“The park is also home to elephants, Indian hog deer, wild buffalo. Three rhino calves have drowned and up to 45 deer perished in the flood,” said Satyendra Singh, the park’s director said on thursday when the death toll of the animals was 58. On Thursday, 17 hog deer were rescued from the park. Also Read - Fire Breaks Outs at Paediatric Ward of a Hospital in Assam, All 12 Children Rescued Without Injuries
Last year, the state government of Assam had promised to build highlands inside the park for better animal refuge in case of floods, but, only 50 per cent of the work is done. Last year, 300 animals had drowned in the floods, which prompted the state government to build 33 more highlands. Also Read - Assam Family Celebrates Specially-abled Son's Birthday on Newly-built Flyover, Trolled After Pics Go Viral | Full Story
“Floods have hit the place like last year. About 80 per cent of the park is flooded. Out of 172 camps, 148 calls are inundated and 25 animals have died due to drowning and vehicle hits,” the park’s director, Satyendra Singh, told NDTV. Saying that more highlands are needed right now considering the poaching that increases during such times, forest guard Ramen Kalita said, “If the animals are on highland we can track them better.” said forest guard Ramen Kalita. (Also Read: Death Toll Crosses 80, Government Calls It ‘Unprecedented’)
Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that the damage caused by the flood and landslides in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur was “unprecedented”. In Northeast, 58 districts have badly been hit by the incessant rains, floods, and landslides in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
Satyendra Singh also said that ISRO would be roped in to access the extent of the damage caused by the floods and landslides. He also said that the water level in Brahmaputra river is expected to come down by the end of this week if there’s no heavy rain.