A flood-hit area in Narayanpur.

After the health department, Assam forest department has cancelled the leaves of the staffs of the department as flood waters have entered most of the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the state.

Assam forest minister Parimal Shuklabaidya by an order on Saturday cancelled every leave appeal, on-going leave and request for appeal of leave made by/of every staff stands and asked them to join the duty immediately.

“During this time, we need strong hand of support and coordination from each and every departmental staff across all national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Assam. Hence in my order, I am announcing that every leave appeal, on-going leave and request for appeal of leave made by/of every staff stands cancelled with immediate effect and are requested to join service immediately,” said Shuklabaidya on Saturday while referring to floods.

The Assam health department had recently cancelled the leaves of all the doctors, paramedics and other workers due to the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam, which had claimed 64 lives since January this year.

The forest minister also requested the citizens residing in the vicinity of all national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to treat the distressed animals with utmost care and love considering them as their own and inform the forest departmental staff immediately for subsequent support.

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