Flood killed 92 wild animals in Kaziranga: Vardhan

Delhi Bureau

New Delhi, July 31: Massive inundation because of incessant rain has not only wrecked havoc among humans; animal kind has also been vastly affected. A whopping 92 nos. of wild animals were killed in the recent flood in Assam. This has been revealed by Union Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Harsh Vardhan. He was replying a written question in the parliament today. Out of 92, 83 were hog deer, 7 were rhinos and 2 were sambar deer.

Further replying to the question, Dr Vardhan said Government of India through National Tiger Conservation Authority funds the Tiger Reserves including Kaziranga for various centrally sponsored schemes. These funds are meant for addressing flood like situations like creation of Highlands, rescue animals, de-siltation, building road network etc.

On the other hand, Assam Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, who is camping in Delhi for last 3 days, raised concern over the after-effects of flood on animals. On Saturday she met Dr Vardhan in a meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority in New Delhi. There, she urged the central minister to deploy Special Forces in Orang National Park as well. 112 nos. of posts for Special Forces have been sanctioned for Kaziranga under NTCA. The Special Forces will be equipped with sophisticated modern arms and equipment to keep a round the clock vigil in the national park.

Rs 10 crore has been funded to procure arms and manufacturer equipment for the same.