With floods in Assam intensifying, about ninety per cent of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state went under water, a statement from the Assam Ministry of Forest and Environment said.
Due to submerged forests, as many as 10 lakh animals are struggling to sustain themselves and mostly seen seeking shelter on higher ground.
The 430-square kilometre Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for being home to a majority of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses. Besides that, it is also a tiger reserve and also houses large populations of elephants, buffalo and deer.
In the wake of the life-threatening situation for wildlife, a video of a deer wading through the water in the park has emerged on social media on Tuesday.
Over 150 anti-poaching camps in the Kaziranga National Park are affected, according to a press communiqué
Some of the animals have taken shelter in highlands within the park and many are migrating to the southern highlands of Karbi Anglong, crossing National Highway 37, the statement said.
As of now, six accidents have been reported on the national highway, killing five Hog Deer and a Sambar, the communique added. Further, five more are reported to have died “for various reasons due to flood”, it said.