21 animals in Kaziranga National Park have died due to vehicle hits

Guwahati: Flood situation in Assam has improved substantially during the last 48 hours even as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati has predicted heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours at isolated places of the state.

The situation in Kaziranga National Park and Orang National Park has also been improved. According to government sources, altogether 151 animals have died in the Kaziranga National Park while 172 animals have been rescued.

According to government records, 18 rhinos (12 due to drowning, one stuck in mud, four face natural causes) have died. Altogether, 106 hog deer have died (50 due to drowning, 20 due to vehicle hit), among others, till Tuesday.

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Among the 151 animals killed due to the ongoing flood in the national park till Tuesday, 21 have died due to vehicle hit, 81 died due to drowning, including one python.

Fifteen districts of the state – Dhemaji, Biswanath, Baksa, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar – were reeling under floods, affecting 1,95,689 people in 325 villages under 23 revenue circles.

Meanwhile, in view of the large scale damage caused by Beki river along its meandering course, Governor Jagdish Mukhi held a meeting with officials of the water resources department at Raj Bhavan and called for a durable solution of flood and erosion problem.

The Brahmaputra in Jorhat and Dhubri districts, Jia Bharali in Sonitpur district and Kopili in Nagaon district were flowing above the danger level as per the morning bulletin issued by the Central Water Commission on Tuesday.

As many as 23,591 hectares of cropland along with 31,060 big animals, 13,974 small animals and 37,081 poultry continued to be affected in flood. Across the State, 4,129 flood-affected people are taking shelter in 26 relief camps.

Altogether 106 hog deer have died (50 due to drowning, 20 due to vehicle hit) among others till Tuesday

In the past 24 hours, flood waters damaged a number of roads in Chirang and Udalguri districts. Incidents of flood-triggered erosion have also been reported from Udalguri, Baksa and Sonitpur districts.

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