KAZIRANGA, Aug 17 - Floodwaters are receding in the Kaziranga National Park, with a fall of 10 cm in the water level reported from the last recorded data. But as many as 81 anti-poaching camps in the park are still under water.
According to official information received from the office of the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division (Kaziranga), 46 per cent of the park area still remains submerged. A total of 179 wild animals of the Kaziranga National Park have perished in the deluge so far. As of today, 153 hog deer, nine rhinos, three elephants, two swamp deer, one water buffalo, four sambars, four wild boars and one porcupine have drowned. Two other wild animals died on arrival at the park treatment centre after they were rescued.
Forty-one hog deer and five rhinos were rescued by a joint team of Kaziranga Forest personnel and CWRC (under the Wildlife Trust of India). Thirty-nine hog deer were released after treatment. Five rhinos are still undergoing treatment in the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) at Kaziranga.
In the Eastern Range of the Kaziranga National Park, 10 anti-poaching camps, 30 in the Central Range, thirty-one in the Western Range of Bagori, five in the Burapahar Range and five in the Northern Range of the Kaziranga National Park are still reeling under flood.
Anti-poaching camps of the Kaziranga National Park like Bokabeel, Soalmara, Baruntika, Bhawoni, Kohuwa, New Keteng, Muwamani, Kantaghat and others have remained submerged till date.