215 animals die at Kaziranga National Park in Assam floods

With 70 per cent of its area still submerged, 215 animals including 13 rhinos and a Royal Bengal Tiger have so far lost their lives at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

Published: 21st August 2017 08:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2017 08:01 PM   |  A+A-

In this Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 photo, the carcass of a tiger lies in floodwaters at the Bagori range inside Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. | AP

By PTI

KAZIRANGA: With 70 per cent of its area still submerged, 215 animals including 13 rhinos and a Royal Bengal Tiger have so far lost their lives at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, a senior forest official said today.

Due to the flooding, the animals in the UNESCO World Heritage Site are facing food shortage within the Park, compelling them to go out to the nearby hills, tea gardens and even human habitations in search of food, KNP Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohoni Ballav Saikia said here.

As the floodwater from the National Park recedes, Saikia said, the carcasses of animals were being recovered from its four ranges.

He said the two waves of floods this year have caused the death of endangered species.

"Till date, we found bodies of 13 rhinos, 188 hog deer, four elephants, two swamp deer, four wild boars, two buffaloes, one Royal Bengal Tiger and one Porcupine. All died due to drowning".

The Kaziranga National Park is spread over 430 sq km.

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