INCLUDING 15 RHINOS & A ROYAL BENGAL TIGER, DEAD IN KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
AS the second wave of the floods in Assam wreaks havoc, deaths were being reported not just from the human settlements, but from the wild too.
Fifteen rhinos and a Royal Bengal Tiger were among 227 animals which have perished so far in the Kaziranga National Park. With nearly 35 per cent of the park — perched on the banks of the Brahmaputra — still submerged, speculations arose that more animal carcasses were under water in the park.
According to official sources, the deaths were caused by drowning. The drowned animals included 187 hog deer, two swamp deer, four elephants, four wild boars, one porcupine, two water buffalos, 11 sambars besides the Royal Bengal Tiger and the 15 rhinos.
Park director, Satyendra Singh, told the Express, “These animals possibly died on August 14 and 15 when the water level had risen alarmingly. Searches were being conducted by the forest guards of all 78 camps. There are some forests inside the park which are virtually inaccessible but the forest guards are trying to get inside them to assess the situation.”
Ruling out the possibility of more carcasses being under water, he said that they float. Stating that the deluge in 2012 had killed 793 animals, he said usually more animals die when a flood persists for a few days.
So far, 50 animals have been rescued by forest guards, who were assisted by a wildlife NGO and locals.