Wildlife perish in Assam flood waters

GUWAHATI: The monsoons are playing havoc in Assam. Wildlife casualties are rising, and poachers are on the prowl. More than four lakh humans are  in dire straits.

At least 10 districts of the State were reeling under flood water with the river island Majuli and the famed Kaziranga National Park being the worst affected, officials admitted.

The rising water of the Brahmaputra has inundated vast tracts of land in Kaziranga’s Burapahar, Bagori and northern parts of Agratoli. Three wildlife  casualties have been  reported so far.

Two deer were knocked down by speeding vehicles in Harmoti area when they were on way to the highlands, while an elephant drowned in the flood water in the Bagori range.deer dead

The situation in Majuli was also grim with the Brahmaputra flowing above the danger level at Majuli, Kamalabari, Neamatighat and Jhanjimukh, affecting over 45 villages with an estimated population of 25,000.

Vast tracts of agricultural land have been inundated with severe scarcity of drinking water reported from most of the villages. A 10-member team from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was camping at Majuli to conduct rescue operations in the villages submerged during the third wave of flood this year.

According to a Central Water Commission report, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Neamatighat, Tezpur, Guwahati, Goalpara and Dhubri, while the Dhansiri was flowing above the red mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat, the Jiadhol in Sonitpur and the Puthimari and Beki in Barpeta.

Nearly four lakh people have been hit in 28 revenue circles and 615 villages in the 10 districts – Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari and Sonitpur.

Two notorious poachers namely, Ramser Ali and Abdul Hannan were arrested by Mayong police at Buraburi near the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in the wee hours of Monday. According to the police, they were planning to kill rhinos inside the sanctuary.

Meanwhile, 90 per cent of the total area of Pobitora sanctuary has gone under flood water of the Brahmaputra, forcing the wild animals to go to safer places.

Two poachers  involved in the recent killing of a rhino and removal of its horns in the Kaziranga National Park, were caught in Golaghat district. They were identified as Zila Doley and Bhaiti Pegu, police said, adding, a hunt was on to nab five more poachers allegedly involved in the killing of rhinos and removal of their horns in the KNP which is a World Heritage Site.

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One Response to Wildlife perish in Assam flood waters

  1. Sukh Bir

    September 10, 2013 at 9:18 am

    It’s a tough one… how can one ensure that animals are protected from natural disasters, especially the wild ones because nobody ‘claims them’.

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