In order to escape the flooded Kaziranga, animals are trying to cross the busy highway and reach the nearby Karbi hills.

Rising floodwater levels in Assam posed a threat to the wild animals in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) as more than 70 per cent of the park has been under water owing to incessant rains in the region.

“70 per cent park area of Kaziranga has gone under flood water affecting 114 camps inside the forest,” said divisional forest officer (DFO) of Kaziranga, Ramesh Kumar Gogoi.

Gogoi said that 35 forest camps were badly affected by flood waters where the water level rose up to 5 feet.

In order to escape the flooded Kaziranga, animals are trying to cross the busy highway and reach the nearby Karbi hills.

KNP authorities have issued the time cards to the vehicles plying on NH-37 for 24 hours to control the speed level of vehicles for the safety of wild animals.

Three hog deer died due to the flood in Kaziranga and five were rescued.

Patrolling on highway has been intensified, Gogoi said, adding that the forest guards increased their movement in the area to check any anti-social activity.

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