Kaziranga National Park opened to tourist today after devastating flood

Aindrila Paul

CHENNAI, October 3 :Home to two-third of the world’s one horned rhino population, the World Heritage Site was thrown open to visitors on Monday . Between July and August this year two waves of devastating floods  killed  a total of 430 animals including rhinos and a tiger and caused large-scale damage to the infrastructure of Kaziranga. According to Park Authority , Kaziranga received one of it’s worst floods in three decades this time swathes of area inside the park are still wet and inaccessible.

Forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma, agriculture minister Atul Bora and water resources minister Kesab Mahanta and altogether 675 Indians  attended the opening ceremony, which showcased cultural performances. However, environment activists have said that the opening of the park at a time when Kaziranga is yet to fully recover from the flood damage is going to pose several challenges. Accoeding to Park officials  Bagori and Kohora ranges are now open although Agoratoli is still out of bounds for tourists as the access roads for visitors are still in a bad shape.

Assam Tribune’s coverage of damage caused in Manchakar area of Assam

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) have revealed that rain across the state of Assam and in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have caused flooding in the districts of Lakhimpur, South Salmara, Goalpara, Hojai and Karbi Anglong ;  have submerged almost 307 acres of land and affecting 78275 people and 16000 animals .The third wave of the devastating floods last month had claimed 76 lives, taking the toll in flood-related incidents in the state to 160 this year, including eight in the capital, Guwahati.The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) had rescued 30 marooned people from Goalpara, where an embankment at Khorija Manikpur was damaged, the ASDMA said, adding that roads and culverts were damaged at various places in the five districts.

 

( compiled from news article from Economic Times and Times of India )