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Dudhwa Reserve hit by floods

The unprecedented floods caused by rivers originating from Nepal have wrought havoc in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and disturbed the ecology of the area, posing threat to wildlife species.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2009 16:58 IST

The unprecedented floods caused by rivers originating from Nepal have wrought havoc in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and disturbed the ecology of the area, posing threat to wildlife species.

"The entire ecology of the reserve has been disturbed due to floods. The ideal habitats of swamp deer including Sathiyana are still submerged in flood waters while Dudhwa, South and North Sonaripur, Belrayan, Bankatti, Katarnia wildlife sanctuary and Nishangarha ranges have been worst-hit by floods," officals here said.

Nearly three dozen wild species including swamp deer, hog deer, spotted deer, and reptiles were rescued by park officials in Dudhwa and Katarnia Ghat wildlife sanctuary.

Park officials are concerned as the Sathiyana range-the core area of swamp deer- has been isolated due to floods with hardly any room left for patrolling by guards and watchers.

Field Director of the Park, Shailesh Prasad said, "unusual floods this year have badly affected the grasslands, wetlands with heavy siltation and waterlogging."

"Roads and bridges have been damaged while the ecology of the park has been affected," he said.

The floods even inundated the Dudhwa residential areas Even park staff was forced to take shelter on rooftops.

A number of forest roads and bridges, which provided safe routes to tourists during their visit inside the Dudhwa national park area, have been left heavily damaged.

The park has incurred a loss of over Rs two crore due to the floods and are short of funds for the repair works, officials said.