In pictures: Kaziranga submerged

first_imgAs the floodwater rises in Assam’s famed Kaziranga National Park (KNP), the animals are slowly being deprived of higher ground. Nearly 75% of Kaziranga, a World Heritage Site, has been inundated, leading to the drowning of two female hog deer and one male swamp deer in the northern range of the park on Wednesday.According to the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, the animals, including rhinos, have been forced to take shelter at the highlands and at the Karbi Anglong hills across National Highway 37, which passes through the park.The mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries have submerged 2,500 villages, destroyed 1.06 lakh hectares of crop-land, damaged infrastructure by breaching the embankments and overrunning roads and bridges, thereby disrupting surface communication, said the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), along with the authorities and police, have so far rescued 7,814 people, who were marooned in 16 districts, the ASDMA bulletin said. (Text by PTI)last_img

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