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Kaziranga Reopening to be delayed this year

Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has lost a total of 44 animals in the three floods in 2007, starting from June 19, July 27 and September 5. However, in the first wave of floods no animal had died. In the second wave of floods, 3 rhinos, 3 wild boars, 2 swamp deer and 10 hog deer got drowned, 8 hog deer, one wild buffalo got drowned and a civet cat were hit by vehicles. And during the third wave of floods, vehicles hit 8 hog deer. One rhino was also killed by miscreants. This was revealed at a press meet, by KNP director S Buragohain on September 20. Bankim Sarmah, DFO, Eastern Wildlife Division, Bokakhat, also attended the press meet and added that the flood had washed away 5 wooden bridges. 5 culverts were totally damaged and 11 other

Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has lost a total of 44 animals in the three floods in 2007, starting from June 19, July 27 and September 5. However, in the first wave of floods no animal had died. In the second wave of floods, 3 rhinos, 3 wild boars, 2 swamp deer and 10 hog deer got drowned, 8 hog deer, one wild buffalo got drowned and a civet cat were hit by vehicles. And during the third wave of floods, vehicles hit 8 hog deer. One rhino was also killed by miscreants. This was revealed at a press meet, by KNP director S Buragohain on September 20.

Bankim Sarmah, DFO, Eastern Wildlife Division, Bokakhat, also attended the press meet and added that the flood had washed away 5 wooden bridges. 5 culverts were totally damaged and 11 other wooden and temporary bridges gave away and this created communication problems within the KNP.

All motorable roads of 350 kilometre length and 600 kilometre of patrolling paths of the forest guards were also submerged in the floods and even now most of them are under water. The Directors further said that the time of opening the KNP has not yet been fixed and it was not possible to open the park this year at the usual time, as the damages caused by floods would not so easy to repair. Moreover, a huge amount of fund will be required for it. wooden and temporary bridges gave away and this created communication problems within the KNP.

Koushik Hazarikza
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