India, May 14 -- Authorities in Assam's Kaziranga National Park are busy with preparations, including building highlands, to avoid loss of animal lives with monsoon and the accompanying floods barely a few weeks away.

Park authorities have created 33 highlands, artificially constructed elevated spots, where small and large animals are expected to take refuge when flood waters submerge most of the park's area.

Floods inundated nearly 85% of the Kaziranga Park in 2017 and claimed the lives of nearly 400 animals, including 31 rhinos. The situation was much better last year due to less rainfall.

On Sunday, Assam's chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inspected parts of the 860-sqkm park, famous for being the largest habitat of one-horned rhin...