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36 cameras at animal corridors of Kaziranga in flood season

By Correspondent

DERGAON, May 3 - As many as 36 cameras have been set up at the animal corridors of Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as a precautionary measure for the flood season ahead.

As pre-monsoon showers have hit the State, the Kaziranga National Park authorities are gearing up preparations to face the floods. The major problem for the animals of KNP is to cross the NH-37 and to move towards the Karbi hills during floods.

Six cameras will be installed at the animal corridors on the NH-37 to record the movement of the animals and also the speed of the vehicles passing through the park at that time.

The director of KNP P Sivakumar told this correspondent that the park authority with the help of higher authorities has taken several measures to control death of animals during the flood. The director said that two automatic cameras each at Panbari and Haldhibari and one each at Deosur and Amguri corridors would be placed to monitor the animals.

On the other hand, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Wildlife, Government of Assam MK Yadav visited the park on Friday and took stock of the park in the wake of the latest swine flu pandemic and necessary measures at Kaziranga.

The PCCF told mediapersons that the pigs who had died of swine flu had been flown into the river Brahmaputra and that would be a threat to Kaziranga if the animals come into contact with these carcasses. �If the floating carcasses of pigs enter Kaziranga, a great threat will be posed to the wildlife of the park,� he said. The PCCF directed the forest officers of upper Assam to be more sensitive to the issue so that the wildlife remains safe at all costs.

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