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Kaziranga under threat as Brahmaputra water level rises
 KAZIRANGA, July 11 - The Kaziranga National Park is under threat as the water level of the Brahmaputra river at Dhansirimukh in Bokakhat subdivision is on a rising trend, touching 1.06 metres above danger level (DL) as on Thursday afternoon.

According to information released by the Central Water Commission (CWC), the water levels at Bulanga and Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh have been increasing at a tremendous rate, leading to an alarming situation at the downstream water level at Dibrugarh.

Similarly, the water level of the Brahmaputra at Neemati and Dhansirimukh are further expected to rise, which means there is every possibility of severe flood at the Kaziranga National Park and adjoining fringe villages.

Rohini Saikia, the Divisional Forest Officer of Eastern Assam Wildlife Division under Kaziranga National Park, told this correspondent that due to the increase in the water level position upstream, the Forest department has taken up adequate measures to tackle the inevitable flood situation.

Patrolling has been intensified as more and more wild animals would try to cross the NH-37 towards the foothills of Karbi Anglong for shelter.

Till Wednesday morning, the water level of the Brahmaputra at Dhansirimukh had showed a rising trend, but had remained steady in the evening, as per the report of the CWC, which has been constantly monitoring the water level of the rivers following continuous rainfall in many parts of the State.

Earlier, a report had said that the upstream water levels at Pasighat and Dibrugarh were on a decreasing trend, while in Neematighat in Jorhat district, the water level of the Brahmaputra was steady. It had said that as the water level at Dhansirimukh was steady, there were less chances of any flood problem in Kaziranga.

Meanwhile, the Forest department has kept speed boats ready and additional forces are being called in to the Kaziranga National Park to tackle the flood situation and to help check any possible poaching activities during floods.

Patrolling will also be intensified to ensure adequate protection to wild animals, including rhinos, during the flood, said sources in the forest department.

However, Wildlife Warden Uttam Saikia said a minimal flood was always necessary in Kaziranga’s forest to sustain the natural ecological balance. DFO Rohini Saikia said that time cards were yet to be issued to vehicles plying on NH-37 but necessary measures will be taken if any alarming flood situation arises.

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