Incessant rains caused devastating floods in Assam this year. The floods submerged at least 70 percent of the Kaziranga national park which is home to the highest number of Indian one-horned Rhinoceros as well as many mammals including tigers, panthers, bears, elephants, water buffalos, deer and thousands of species of birds.
Forest department officials have managed to move the animals to higher ground as Brahmaputra River is flowing above the danger mark at many points due to heavy rainfall.
Restrictions were imposed on NH37 as the animals may cross the highway in order to mover to higher grounds. Advisories were issued to travellers on the NH37 and a time card is being issued to every vehicle.
In 2017, it is said that over 360 animals drowned due to floods in Kaziranga national park threatening the rich biodiversity in the region.
Also the forest department officials are deployed in many locations along the highway to prevent the poachers and hunters from taking advantage of floods and picking up isolated animals.
Rains wreaked havoc in the North-Eastern states claiming at least 16 lives this monsoon. Many residing in the surrounding villages were evacuated and their houses were destroyed due to floods.
Residents of Balipur char village in Baksa district were stranded due to heavy rains. Both the civil administration including State NDRF and Indian army were engaged in rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted more rainfall in the coming days making the situation even worse in the north-eastern states.
Chief Minister of Assam Sarbanand Sonowal reviewed the flood situation and directed the deputy commissioners to arrange for a 24×7 helpline to ensure people in distress get immediate response and adequate care.
Embankments, bridges, culverts in many areas are reportedly damaged. With the roads and mountain sides fully drenched, there is high possibility of landslides in many areas surrounding the Kaziranga National park.
However, locals say floods are a recurring problem in and around Kaziranga every year but the preparedness of the forest department is insufficient due to which many animals die every year.