With Amreli and Gir Somnath in Saurashtra in the grip of heavy rain for the past one week, apprehensions for the safety of Asiatic Lion has grown. After a dozen lions were reported dead due to floods in 2015, the government has been extra cautious.
Though no unfortunate incidents have been reported so far, forest officials are not taking any chances. The government has set up 55 teams to monitor the movement of animals, especially lions.
Senior forest officials confirmed that there has been no report of any animal missing or harmed because of flooding and heavy rain for about a week. Hiran River that passes through the Gir forest is flowing full these days. With Hiran-2 dam overflowing, two gates were opened on Monday.