Due to the continuing floods in Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, as well as other Assam National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries, the Assam Forest Department has created around 40 highlands to provide animal shelter.
Highlands are built to save animals from the current flood situation
Meanwhile, Assam’s Minister of Environment and Forests, Parimal Suklabaidya, said on Wednesday that his agency has made all necessary preparations to save animals from the current severe floods.
“We are completely ready to address any type of urgent needs arising from the current flood crisis conditions in Kaziranga and other National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries,” the minister stated, adding that the department is “totally geared up to handle the ongoing tragedy.”
He went on to say that the new highlands were built scientifically, with plenty of grass and flora-producing fruits like elephant apple and Indian gooseberry.
Further, more than 25 boats are kept organized for animal rescue operations in Kaziranga, according to the Forest Minister.
Meanwhile, KNPTR Director Jatin Sharma stated that the park contains 144 man-made highlands, 33 of which are large enough to house animals during floods.
Furthermore, an 8.5-kilometer-long road cum upland has been constructed to provide shelter for animals during floods and for patrols.
Earlier, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar contributed Rs. 1 million to flood relief in August 2020.
Moreover, Sarbananda Sonawal, the then-State Minister, praised the superstar for his generosity and kindness. He also praised the actor for expressing “sympathy and support” during the state’s natural disaster.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who also worked as the ambassador for Assam Tourism from 2016 to 2019, and her singer husband Nick Jonas made an announcement in July 2020 announcing their donations to Assam flood relief and extended their support to all NGOs involved in rescue operations in the state.
The pair urged their social media followers to assist disaster-stricken states such as Assam and Bihar.