Flood hits Jim Corbett National Park, closed for tourists

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 08:30 hrs

, Feb. 17 (ANI): The Jim Corbett National Park here in Uttarakhand has been closed for tourists after flash floods hit the area on Saturday.

Incessant rains for the past few days resulted in a wave of flash floods that swept across certain parts of the forest, making it unsafe for the visitors and the authorities have decided to close the park for tourists until the rains recede.

"For security reasons, we are not letting tourist vehicles go inside the park areas. We hope that the rains stop so that the waters of the flash floods can recede. Then we shall repair the damages so that tourists can once again go inside the Corbett," said R. K. Mishra, director of the Jim Corbett wildlife sanctuary.

A tourist vehicle, which was on it daily tour of the national park, got trapped in the raging waters of flash floods inside the premises yesterday.

The vehicle got stuck in the middle of raging waters as the engine stopped working leaving them stranded.

Authorities swung into action and all the tourists in the stranded vehicle were rescued and taken to a safe destination.

The Jim Corbett National Park is one of the country's premier tiger reserves and every year large number of tourists turn up to catch a glimpse of the big cats. (ANI)

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