|70% of KNP under flood water|
KAZIRANGA, June 29 - The flood water in Kaziranga has inundated a vast area of the national park. More than 70 per cent park area of Kaziranga has gone under flood water affecting 114 camps inside the forest, said Divisional Forest Officer of Kaziranga, Ramesh Kumar Gogoi.
Gogoi said that 35 forest camps were badly affected by flood waters where the water level rose up to 5 feet. He said that since wild animals started moving towards safer places crossing the national highway adjacent to Kaziranga National Park, the time cards have been issued to the vehicles plying on NH-37 for 24 hours to control the speed level of vehicles for the safety of wild animals. Three hog deer died due to the flood in Kaziranga and five were rescued.
Patrolling on highway has been intensified, Gogoi said, adding that the forest guards increased their movement in the area to check any anti-social activity.
According to Bokakhat subdivision administration, 38 revenue villages of Bokakhat subdivision have been affected by the flood. As many as 478.07 hectares of standing crop area have been affected by flood water in Bokakhat subdivision.
DFO Gogoi said that water level in Kaziranga was likely to be stable by Monday night as there was a steady flow of water in the upstream of river Brahmaputra.