Kaziranga Steeping with Assam Floods Affecting Wild Lives

Monsoons are on its hike and some parts of India (including North end) is emulsifying in the splash but the western and eastern parts of the country are under the fervor of the heavy downpours. Now days Assam is facing great havoc by experiencing heavy floods in its multiple districts. Lakhs of people have been displaced and even poor animals in the most popular Kaziranga National Park area are becoming victims of this natural calamity.

It’s really shocking to understand that around 540 animals have been perished in the flood and the Kaziranga National Park has become a struggle of survival. The rhinoceros and other animals that the reserve is famous for are struggling enough to face the incessant rain and flooding. Much of the reserve area is under water and the helpless animals are roaming here and there for the sake of suitable shelters. According to the latest updates, the perished animals include 13 rhinos, 465 hog deer (being drowned in floods), 28 wild boars, 16 Sambars, five porcupines, two each of python, wild buffalo and hog badgers.

The flood situation in Kaziranga is really critical with water level near Brahmaputra River in the gauge station in KNP on June 26th was 86.33m and is flowing now more than 1 m above the danger level. The east part of Dibrugarh is also facing 1m above the danger level which has been recorded highest for the Kaziranga reserve.
Although the army and the reserve officials are helping the villagers and the animals to relocate them to safer places and almost eight to ten relief camps have been established for their medications. But still a loss is a loss. If you can see the pictures of these calamities you will find so much of disastrous effects on these innocent creatures. Many deers were picked up from the flooded areas and were immediately released in the forested areas across the NH. A rhino calf was also saved on 27th June by the Forest Department.

In addition to this, wildlife causalities were also been reported due to vehicle ‘hit and run’ cases along the national highway. But praising the efforts of the forest officials; they started issuing “Time Cards” between Haldhibari camps under Kohora range to Amguri under Burapahar range to regulate the speed of vehicles on NH 37 reducing the risk of road rages. And most importantly, different anti-poaching camps were being organized after an appeal for additional staff for KNP. The forest officials of Karbi Anglong range have assigned additional personnel in groups from different range offices in different anti poaching camps along the southern boundary of KNP.

In the midst of such disastrous event, WWF has also performed a very appreciating role by helping the park authorities for smooth running of the time card system and is providing 150 LED torches for patrolling duties. WWF special vehicles have also been used for the rescue operations.

Thus with such efforts the innocent wild creatures can find some kind of relief from such a massive calamity. But still a question of mismanagement and timely operation exists. We, the people have to think over it again and again; why only these silent creatures should always get affected from such types of calamities? Why we are finding best of the best solutions for us but not for such creatures who are the valuable asset of this earth? We must think over it and should prepare some prior management processes to avoid such spiting situations.

Monsoons are on its hike and some parts of India (including North end) is emulsifying in the splash but the western and eastern parts of the country are under the fervor of the heavy downpours. Now days Assam is facing great havoc by experiencing heavy floods in its multiple districts. Lakhs of people have been displaced and even poor animals in the most popular Kaziranga National Park area are becoming victims of this natural calamity.

It’s really shocking to understand that around 540 animals have been perished in the flood and the Kaziranga National Park has become a struggle of survival. The rhinoceros and other animals that the reserve is famous for are struggling enough to face the incessant rain and flooding. Much of the reserve area is under water and the helpless animals are roaming here and there for the sake of suitable shelters. According to the latest updates, the perished animals include 13 rhinos, 465 hog deer (being drowned in floods), 28 wild boars, 16 Sambars, five porcupines, two each of python, wild buffalo and hog badgers.

The flood situation in Kaziranga is really critical with water level near Brahmaputra River in the gauge station in KNP on June 26th was 86.33m and is flowing now more than 1 m above the danger level. The east part of Dibrugarh is also facing 1m above the danger level which has been recorded highest for the Kaziranga reserve.
Although the army and the reserve officials are helping the villagers and the animals to relocate them to safer places and almost eight to ten relief camps have been established for their medications. But still a loss is a loss. If you can see the pictures of these calamities you will find so much of disastrous effects on these innocent creatures. Many deers were picked up from the flooded areas and were immediately released in the forested areas across the NH. A rhino calf was also saved on 27th June by the Forest Department.

In addition to this, wildlife causalities were also been reported due to vehicle ‘hit and run’ cases along the national highway. But praising the efforts of the forest officials; they started issuing “Time Cards” between Haldhibari camps under Kohora range to Amguri under Burapahar range to regulate the speed of vehicles on NH 37 reducing the risk of road rages. And most importantly, different anti-poaching camps were being organized after an appeal for additional staff for KNP. The forest officials of Karbi Anglong range have assigned additional personnel in groups from different range offices in different anti poaching camps along the southern boundary of KNP.

In the midst of such disastrous event, WWF has also performed a very appreciating role by helping the park authorities for smooth running of the time card system and is providing 150 LED torches for patrolling duties. WWF special vehicles have also been used for the rescue operations.

Thus with such efforts the innocent wild creatures can find some kind of relief from such a massive calamity. But still a question of mismanagement and timely operation exists. We, the people have to think over it again and again; why only these silent creatures should always get affected from such types of calamities? Why we are finding best of the best solutions for us but not for such creatures who are the valuable asset of this earth? We must think over it and should prepare some prior management processes to avoid such spiting situations.

 

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