Brahmaputra floods inundate Kaziranga National Park

by - 4:44 AM

Flood waters from the Brahmaputra have entered Assam's Kaziranga National Park, inundating almost 30 per cent of its 858 sq km area. As of now, almost all the low-lying areas of the park are under water, sources said. The park authorities have strengthened security as poachers take advantage of the flood to kill animals, particularly one-horned rhinos. During the floods, the animals, particularly one-horned rhinos, stray outside the park. The rhinos and other animals normally go towards the Karbi Anglong Hills looking for higher grounds. Additional 100 forest guards were deployed in the national park due to flood. Meanwhile, Kaziranga national park is yet to complete construction of the 33 new highlands meant to provide shelter to animals during high floods. These artificial highlands inside the park will provide additional support to the species to escape the deluge. Last year, Kaziranga experienced one of the worst floods in five years when almost 90% of the 430 sq km area was inundated.

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