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Flood In Kaziranga

Flood In Kaziranga

The annual monsoons submerge a major part of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park situated on the floodplains of the mighty Brahmaputra river. The park is home to around 2,400 rhinos, 800 swamp deer, 1,000 elephants, over 1,000 wild buffaloes, more than 100 tigers as well as 500 species of resident and migratory birds. The floods are a bane as well as a boon to the wet alluvial grassland ecosystem of the park. It regenerates the lotic wetland, its flora and fauna and enriches the soil by depositing silt. Around 80 to 85 per cent of the park is inundated, forcing wild animals to take shelter in natural and artificial highlands at strategic locations, with a few climbing their way to the Karbi-Anglong hills after crossing the busy NH-37, adjacent to the southern boundary of the park.

Photo: Pankaj Sharma.

Rhinos take shelter on the Bahubeel artificial highland in the western range of Kaziranga National Park on September 4, 2015.

Photo: Pankaj Sharma.

A herd of elephants make its way through flood waters in the Bandarkhal area of the park’s western range on August 22, 2015.

Photo: Pankaj Sharma.

Seen here is the Bokabeel anti-poaching camp in the central range of Kohora submerged in two to three metres of water on September 3, 2015.

Photo: Pankaj Sharma. 

Floods compel swamp deer, hog deer, otters and wild buffaloes to share the same highland in the central range of Kohora on September 3, 2015.

Author: Pankaj Sharma, First appeared in: Sanctuary Asia, December 2015.

 
 
 

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