90 animals, including 7 rhinos die due to floods in Kaziranga

New Delhi: Floods in Kaziranga National Park lead animals to rush towards the roads and high land every year in Monsoon. This year, over 90 animals, including seven rhinoceros, have died in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, the government told Parliament on Monday.

Seven rhinos, 82 hog deer, and two sambar deer have died in the flooding, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply.

The floods have so far claimed over 70 lives in the northeastern state, reports DC.
Over 25 lakh people have got affected as a result of flooding in 29 districts. The administration set up 1,098 relief camps and distribution centres in the state.

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Vardhan said that based on Annual Plan of Operations submitted by tiger reserves, the government provides funds to them under the centrally-sponsored scheme ‘Project Tiger’ through the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The funds are used for various activities, including for measures to address flood situation such as the creation of highlands and preventive structures against erosion, boats, the rescue of animals, desiltation and creation of road network etc, he said.