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Flood water level rising in Kaziranga National Park

The inundated Burapahar range of Kaziranga National Park-cum-Tiger Reserve, on Saturday. – Photo: Kaziranga Correspondent
 KAZIRANGA, July 13 - The water level in Kaziranga National Park-cum-Tiger Reserve is still maintaining a rising trend as the upstream water has been hitting Dhansirimukh in Bokakhat subdivision causing the flood water level to go up, thereby inundating more than 75% of the Kaziranga park area.

In Burapahar range (Ghorakhati), the water level had increased by more than 1 feet since yesterday submerging vast areas of the Burapahar range including Bahubeel, Borghup, Borhola, Kharali etc.

Talking to this correspondent, J Bora, a forest staff who had been assigned to maintain strict vigil along with his team of forest guards in Kaziranga National Park said that wild animals including rhinos had been taking shelter in the 12 highlands built inside the park. But wild elephants, deer and some other wildlife had crossed towards the foothills of Karbi Anglong for safe shelter. He informed that every forest camp inside Kaziranga National Park has one or two boats, mostly country boats, which are used to carry out patrolling inside the park to check any poaching activities. He said eight forest camps had been affected by floods.

The Range Officer of western range of Bagori under Kaziranga National Park, Pankaj Bora said that one hog deer was killed by a speeding vehicle on the NH-37 at Harmoti area under Bagori range. He said that out of a total of 41 forest camps inside Bagori range, 24 had been badly affected.

Similarly in Kohora central range of Kaziranga National Park, 12 forest camps had been affected, which are mostly under Arimora beat. A forester, Vastav, informed that the department had pressed their domestic elephants into service in and around the foothills of Karbi Anglong to chase back any rhino which tries to move towards that area. Speed boats had also been pressed into service to check any poaching activities inside the submerged areas.

In the eastern range of Agaratoli also, most of the park areas were inundated by flood water.

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