Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Assam floods claim 200 wild animals in Kaziranga

Narada Desk | August 2, 2016 11:56 am Print
As many as 13 rhinos and 185 hog deer have died so far in Kaziranga national park
Kaziranga National Park

As Assam reels under flood, more than 200 wild animals have drowned to death in Kaziranga national park, which is home to two-third of world’s one-horned rhino population.

Carcasses of 13 rhinos have been recovered so far in Kaziranga, media reported. Among the dead rhinos, 8 are calves, including four female calves.

Divisional Forest Officer of the park Subhasis Das said 152 hog deer also died in the floods. Apart from that, 12 hog deer were killed by speeding vehicles at the national highway.

Officials have so far rescued 100 wild animals, including 9 rhinos.

The number of human casualty has also reached 32 with three more bodies recovered on Monday.

Officials said  two bodies were recovered from Dhubri and one from Barpeta district.

In course of the flood, the highest casualty among animals is hog deer, whose toll has risen to 185, of which 14 were killed in vehicle accidents and others drowned.

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