The Kaziranga National Park in Assam will be shut for visitors from May 16.

Park director Satyendra Singh announced that the jeep and elephant safaris will be closed from May 16. Sources tell that till the next few days, only the Kohora reserve will be accessible through the safaris.

Increased rainfall in the last one month has partially submerged the roads inside the park making it difficult for jeeps to ply for safaris.

“Similarly, the temperatures have also increased in the last couple of days and under these circumstances…Taking these factors into consideration, we have decided to close the park,” Singh said.

The normal safari season is from November 1 to April 30.

Earlier this year, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had announced an extension and said the government will try to open the park from October 1 to May 30.

“We tried to follow the government’s directives but due to the weather factors, we took the decision to close the park from May 16. However, we are going to put in efforts to make sure that it reopens on October 1,” the park director added.

The park spread over 430, is known for having the largest one-horned rhino population in the world.

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