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Sonowal calls for protection of wildlife

Diphu, Jul 18 | Publish Date: 7/18/2020 12:28:45 PM IST

 Correspondent 

Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal on  his visit to the flood-hit Kaziranga National Park on Thursday directed the district administration of Karbi Anglong to take all necessary measures to ensure protection of animals which have crossed over to the hills due to floods.
Many animals have crossed over to the hills of Karbi Anglong district during the second wave of flood, which has inundated 95 per cent areas of the national park. According to information received from official sources, the Forest department of Karbi Anglong have taken up the issue of protecting the wild animals very seriously.
“As a standard operational procedure Karbi Anglong Forest department under the administrative jurisdiction of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council have taken up all necessary steps to protect wild animals crossing over the national highway and ventured into the Northern Karbi Anglong hill range dominated by Dolamara and Parkup Pahar ranges under the control of East Division Forest of Karbi Anglong autonomous district, ” Dr. Abhijit Rabha, Special Chief Conservator of Forest, Hills told this correspondent.
Rabha said locals are helping in driving back the stray rhinos and elephants to the plateau behind the Bagori range. Forest guards and home guards have been pressed into service to keep strict vigilance on the migrating animals.
“Actually in anticipation of the imminent flood, we prepared our forces well ahead just not to keep vigil within our areas but to cooperate with our counterparts to cover a number of parts extended across the national highway in the fringe of the park. Certain areas between the hills and the national highway have been flooded and the animals are crossing the area perilously. No causality wildlife or our staffs have taken place till now, but we are all set to protect wildlife of Kaziranga”. Dr. Abhijit Rabha, Special Chief Conservator of Forest, added when enquired about the security aspects of the wild animals in the hills which presumably is the safe haven for the flora and fauna of Kaziranga National Park right now.      
Earlier, Sonowal surveyed the inundated areas of Kaziranga National Park in a speed boat cutting through the upstream of Mora Difalu River from the foothills of Bagori Range of the Park to understand the situation of the marooned animals and actions taken by the park authority to ensure their defence.
During his hour-long cruise inside the flood hit areas of the park, the chief minister observed animals taking shelter on highlands built by the Forest department in the flood prone areas of the park. He visited flood-affected forest camps at Gorakati, Mora Difalu and Mur Phuloni and exchanged views with the forest guards keeping vigil against all odds to protect the stranded animals.
 

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