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Most areas around KNP remain submerged

By Correspondent

KOHORA, Sept 16 � Though there has been a slight improvement in the flood situation in Kaziranga with the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries maintaining a steady trend since last night, most areas of the national park and the adjoining agricultural cropfield in nearby villages are still under water. About 65 bighas of cropland at Kaziranga Dagoan remain worst affected with water still coming from the northern side. Under Bokakhat revenue circle, about 18 villages have been affected, including seven villages in Kaziranga mouza .

The Bokabeel camp of Kaziranga( Kohora) range is one of the worst affected with water level touching the first floor of the forest guard house. In Bagori range too about 80 pc of the area remain submerged. Sital mari and Morphuloni camps are also among the worst affected. Sources said that wild animals are quite panicky and they have started fleeing to safer side in Karbi Hills on the southern side by crossing the busy National Highway 37 at Harmoti, Kuthori, Kanchanjuri, Bagori , Haldhibari, Panbari points, etc. Some animals like deer and python have been hit by speeding vehicles. Similarly, in Burapahar (Ghorakhati) range, about 65 pc of the area have been affected by flood coming from river Difloo and Denchu Nala. There is an urgent need to keep the animal corridor safe and no anthropogenic activities should be allowed on any animal corridor and habitat. Otherwise, if a heavy flood occurs most of the wild animals would be killed.

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