Anti Rabies Vaccination drive for elephants carried out in Kaziranga

Kaziranga: As a part of the post-flood management, the first phase of the Anti Rabies Vaccination drive for the camp elephants of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve was carried out at Central Range this morning.

Beginning from July 28 last, till date a total number of 16 numbers of domestic cattle species died with reported clinical signs of Rabies.

13 nos died in Rangajaan area, 1 no in Mihimukh area, 2 nos in Peelkhana area. Hence, the park authorities are taking precautionary action.

In coming days, the rest of the pachyderms will be vaccinated, informed officials from Kaziranga National Park.

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3 to 4 days old Rhino calf rescued in Kaziranga

Around 16 rhinos have lost their lives due to floods this year

Guwahati: A 3-4 days old rhino calf was rescued by the forest staff of Kaziranga National Park at 10:30 am today.

The calf was taken to the rescue centre CWRC for further observations.

Meanwhile, all possible efforts are being taken to reunite the calf with its mother, informed the forest officials.

Informing the matter, the official Twitter handle of Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve said, “A 3-4 days old rhino baby was rescued by our staff at 10:30 am today and was taken to our rescue centre CWRC for further observations. All possible efforts will be taken to reunite him with his mother.”

It may be mentioned that around 16 rhinos have lost their lives due to the state flood this year. As per forest reports, 12 died due to drowning and rest 4 by natural deaths, thus, taking the death toll of rhinos to 16 this year.

On the other hand, around 147 animals have lost their lives in state floods, of which 170 animals have been rescued by the team of forest officials.

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CM Sonowal takes stock of flood situation in Sadiya

By Bijoy Sutradhar

Tinsukia: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday took stock of flood situation at Kundil river connecting Assam-Arunachal Pradesh in Sadiya.

CM Sonowal also inspected the work at the dam which is also being constructed to prevent the erosion caused by the flood of Kundil river.

It is to be noted that due to the continuous erosion due to floods, the Kundil river has changed its shape and taken a devastating form. Also, the bridge over the Kundil River and the road connecting Assam Arunachal is also facing the danger. In view of this catastrophic situation, the Chief Minister of Assam gave the responsibility of the Assam Water Resources Department to secure the bridge over the Kundil River, which led to the construction of a dam to prevent the erosion of the Kundil river. The Chief Minister of Assam appeared quite satisfied and specially thanked the officials of Assam's Water Resources Department and Navyug Company for their constant hard work.

Taking to Twitter, CM Sonowal said, “The erosion caused by Kundil river on NH 37 in Sadiya had posed threat to disrupt communication between Assam & neighbouring states, however timely measures by WR Dept and local admin has mitigated the danger. Today, visited the site and took stock of works.”

The Chief Minister was accompanied by several BJP leaders including Sadiya MLA Bolin Chetia, Margherita MLA Bhaskar Sharma, Digboi MLA Suren Phukan.

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Fighting COVID-19: A losing battle or battle already lost in Assam

 By – TALMIZUR  RAHMAN

COVID-19 situation in Assam is rapidly turning for the worse with every passing day. Till the exodus of people in lakhs to Assam from other states was put into place by the Centre, the situation was fairly under control and healthy despite the aberration in the fight caused by the Nizamuddin Markaz event. The resolute, aggressive and determined confrontation made by the Assam health department led from the front by Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma against the pandemic even caused some pro-government media houses to go hammer and tongs over the achievement of keeping the killer virus almost at bay.

Unfortunately, today the novel coronavirus landscape in Assam is frighteningly bleak and grim with a thousand plus or close to thousand new COVID-19 positive cases adding to the overall tally of the state every day.

The question, however, arises as to how could a fairly healthy scenario could dramatically turn for the worse with such accelerating momentum.

The Centre’s decision to fling open the flood gates to facilitate the movement of stranded people from one end of the country to another led to the exodus of people in lakhs and statistically this clearly proved to be the force that accelerated the transmission of COVID-19 from state to state. At the ground level, it turned out to be an act of pulling down all barriers for unobstructed spread of the killer virus with galloping momentum to all states including Assam.

As of now, the damage caused on the novel coronavirus landscape appears to be almost irreparable. If at all normalcy returns, it may be several years or even decades. The lockdown, followed by some relaxations, re-imposition of total lockdown, clamping of total curfew again, non-stop hike of COVID-19 positive cases in thousands on a daily basis in some states at times, including Assam,  is a clear pointer as to how the people are reeling on account of the directionless approach adopted by the Centre from the very beginning of the pandemic, compounded further by some confused orders issued by the Assam Government.

If the Centre and the Assam government had some degree of political acumen and pro-commoner economic wisdom, Assam would have been much better placed today both economically as well as in respect of the pandemic.

Being ruled by an ultra-rightist dispensation at the Centre, even an iota of the plight of the commoners and the working class leading a hand-to-mouth existence was never known to the Delhi Sultans calling the shots. It was absoluteness fool-hardiness on the part of the Centre to announce the national lockdown from the midnight of March 24 with a notice of just 3-4 hours.

Sans food, sans any money crores of commoners and workers (migrant workers – a used by the Centre) got stranded in several parts of the country. It was a pathetic sight to see lakhs of workers making way to their home states on bicycle, tri-cycle, or even walking with kids in their laps making their way from cities like Delhi and Mumbai to far off states like Bihar and Bengal. These people perhaps thought they were embarking upon a relatively safer struggle or survival than to be stranded in far off city sans food, water, money and also in some cases sans shelter. It is definitely not quite known as to how many of such people perished on the way. One is only reminded of Muhammed Bin Tughluq who forced the population of Delhi to march to Tughluqabad while shifting the capital followed by ordering the people to march back to Delhi. The result being tens of thousands died on the way. Although not officially, the march of the working class was similar to Tughluq Raj in action on the road out of compulsion of the teeming millions.

 As already stated above, the well being of the working class and the teeming crores can never be a matter of concern for an ultra-rightist government. Such people are considered as just tools in the matter of production for the employer class, business community the corporate class et al. Hence, in a manner that may best be described as ‘madness without method’, the lockdown was imposed with just 3-4 hours notice. No wonder the lockdown came in as murderous bolt from the blue.

Political sagacity and pro-commoner and working-class economic sense at around the end of February 2020 demanded that three to four weeks of notice should have been given for the people to move to their home states while announcing an appointed or tentative date of lockdown. Although there might have been a huge rush, the trains surely would not have been COVID-19 transportation carriers as the outbreak of the killer virus was on a low key till late March. Beyond a shadow of doubt the timing and the method of announcing the lockdown was grossly wrong and directionless.

In contrast, when the coronavirus landscape across the nation was rapidly plunging to its nadir, the government facilitated the migration of workers and others from other states in lakhs to Assam in May-June, Suddenly, it came to the notice of the Central heavyweights that production must begin for economic revival and for that purpose worker (or tools?) were necessary. Hence, began the movement of workers to make them available for the employer class.

The hard truth is that, till the Centre flung open the flood gates to facilitate the unobstructed entry of COVID-19 in thousands to Assam with Dispur boisterously announcing “Yes Sir”,  the coronavirus situation in the state was fairly under control. But the Centre’s decision on transportation of workers and other when the pandemic was peaking in mainland India helped in turning Assam into a massive pool of multiplying COVID-19. In the process, the attempt sans direction made by the Delhi and Dispur God-fathers has backfired. The effect of the backfire is clearly visible in the revised and confused orders issued by Dispur on a frequent basis.

As of now, the COVID-19 scenario while turning from bad to worse appears to have caused almost irreparable damage, courtesy Delhi and Dispur. Today, while the number of new positive cases rise by over a thousand a day on certain days, the total COVID-19 positive cases is rapidly closing towards the 30,000 marks. At this rate, mathematically speaking, sometime in September Assam is likely to witness one lakh COVID-19 positive cases.

On its part, the Centre focuses on highlighting the recovery rate on the rosy side as improving from 60% to 61, to 62 % and so on and so forth. However, there is a mathematical puzzle beyond one’s comprehension. For instance, if the daily fresh COVID-19 cases are on an average 1500 and daily recovery rate is on average 900, how could the recovery rate be better than the infection rate. If Dispur and Delhi have developed a new brand of mathematics, the same may please be made public.

At the end of the day, perhaps the time has come for the people of Assam to live and die with COVID-19 the way tens of millions in Assam, as well as wildlife in large number, are learning to live and die with floods.

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20,04,017 population affected in State Flood, 103 died: Government Report

Guwahati: Assam has been going through a bad phase amid the rising cases of COVID positive cases in state and flood situations respectively.

As per the latest report from the office of the Chief Secretary of Assam, 103 people have lost their lives in flood since the month of May, affecting a population of 20,04,017.

The total number of districts affected in the flood is 22, of which 1966 localities/villages were affected till July 28, 2020.

The number of Revenue Circles affected is almost 64.

Notably, around 259 relief camp centres have been actively working to support the affected population of the state. Total inmates in the relief camps are around 45,550.

On the other hand, as per the latest COVID factsheet Assam till July 27, total confirmed cases in Assam are around 33,576, of which 8,085 are active cases. Patients recovered so far are 25,402 with 86 death cases.

If we look at the total number of Rapid Antigen tests conducted in Assam till July 27, it is around 84, 867, of which 7, 827 tested positive and 77, 040 tested negative, thus, taking the positivity rate to 9.22%.

Similarly, in Guwahati City, the total number of antigen tests conducted so far is 32, 450, out of which 4, 261 were tested positive and rest 28, 189 tested negative, taking the positivity rate to 13.13%.

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Priyanka Chopra gives clarion call to raise funds for Assam Floods

Guwahati: Former Assam Tourism Brand Ambassador and Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra on Sunday urged everyone to come and support to raise funds for Assam Floods.

Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Chopra said, "#Assamfloods #PrayForAssam #AssamNeedsHelp You can make a donation here: Rapid Response:https://rapidresponse.org.in/assam-floods.html Action Aid: https://actionaidindia.org/assam-flood-relief-2020/?utm_source=Website&utm_medium=Banner_Assam_Floods&utm_campaign=Website_Banner_Assamfloods."

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Artificial Highlands Inside KNP Don’t Deliver In Long Run: Wildlife Experts

GUWAHATI: Wildlife experts have expressed the view that artificial highlands built inside the Kaziranga National Park fail to deliver in the long run. The highlands are built inside the park for wild animals to take refuge during floods that hit the park every year.

Conservationists and experts have made this observation in the wake of approval of Rs 12.5 crore by the Centre to the Assam government for constriction of 32-km long artificial highlands inside the park.

The observations come after the Centre approved Rs 12.5 crore to the Assam government for constructing a 32-km artificial highlands inside the KNP for shelter of animals during floods.

While presently KNP is severely hit by the present wave of flood, as many as 125 animals, including 12 rhinos have died as per sources in KNP. Last year, floods took a toll of over 300 animals, including more than 20 rhinos, inside the park.

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One-horned Rhino dies of old age in Kaziranga National Park

GUWAHATI: In a heartbreaking incident, a strayed rhino from Kaziranga National Park (KNP) suspected to have died due to old aged sickness on Friday morning.

As per a forest report, the rhino which has been straying at Bandardubi area since July 17, 2020 and drawn attention of all concerned public was found dead at about 11 am today at the edge of Deopani River inside the National Park by the staff of Dusuti camp of Bagori Range.

The cause of death of rhino has been ascertained as old aged sickness.

Meanwhile, all available veterinary care was resorted to ailing rhino, the forest report stated further.

At least 12 rhinos have lost their life in the state flood this year, of which 9 died of drowning and 3 naturally.

It may be mentioned that a total of 153 animals have been rescued by the forest official and 125 animals have died in the Assam Flood.

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Prince William concerned over flood in Kaziranga, writes to director

Guwahati: Raising concerns over the devastation to Kaziranga National Park and its precious wildlife due to heavy monsoon flooding, Prince William from Kensington Palace, London shared a letter to the Director of Kaziranga on Friday.

In the letter, Prince William shared his nostalgic memories with Duchess of Cambridge Catherine in their last visit to the national park in the year 2016.

“Catherine and I were heartbroken to hear about the appalling devastation to Kaziranga National Park and its precious wildlife caused by the very heavy monsoon flooding. We have the happiest memories of our visit to Kaziranga in April 2016 and we are shocked by what has happened. The deaths of so many animals, including one-horned rhino, is deeply upsetting. We know from our visit how dedicated all the staff in Kaziranga are in caring for the Park’s wildlife, and can only begin to imagine what a difficult time this must be. Catherine and I greatly admire all the work that you and the rangers at Kaziranga are doing to risk your own safety, rescue animals and contain the damage. The loss of life and livelihoods in Assam as a result of the flooding, coming on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, is deeply distressing. We offer our deepest condolences to all those affected,” the letter reads.

Meanwhile, sharing gratitude to Prince William, State Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya tweets back saying, “My sincere gratitude towards His Royal Highness Prince William & @KensingtonRoyal for their deep concerns on the flood situation of @kaziranga_. Your admiring words towards the ever dedicated staff of @kaziranga_will empower them with more encouragement for safeguarding the park.”

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Heavy rainfall forecast over NE in next 3-4 days

Guwahati/New Delhi: Heavy rainfall that has been lashing the North-eastern states over the past few days will continue to be witnessed in the coming days as per an India Meteorological Department report on Wednesday.

Meghalaya may also witness moderate to severe lightning in the next 12 hours. The Met office has also forecast heavy rainfall in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura in the coming 3 to 4 days.

Meanwhile the death toll on account of floods in Assam has risen to 87 on Tuesday. On the other hand, 26 persons have died flood and rain induced landslides as per a report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reportedly placed 12 teams in Assam to carry out rescue missions.

In respect of Meghalaya, floods in Garo Hills have hit 1.52 lakh people while 5 persons have died.

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