Flood-Hit, Assam suffers rare rhinos in Kaziranga Park at risk

Assam: Floods in Assam worsened on Tuesday with heavy rains increasing water levels into rivers. Flooded villages and Kaziranga rhinoceros in search of shelter in rising waters.

Assam people seeking shelter

 Assam is still battling the monsoon, a four-month-long season that is responsible for most of the region’s rainfall, with 4.5 million people driven from their homes due to flooding, authorities said.

According to Assam’s Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, “This is one of the worst floodings in recent memory.”

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Rhinoceros at risk in Kaziranga.

 Tragic is that the Assam floods have also so far killed more than 50 wild animals, including some in traffic accidents, as they tried to cross a busy highway outside Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site. Over 178 hog deer, 15 rhinos and four elephants and one tiger are dead. A dead body of a tiger was found into a flooded national park and a video of drowning deer goes viral.

A large number of rhinos are trapped in Kaziranga National Park

The state government stated, at the national park one-horned rhino was entirely underwater, animals are seeking shelter on higher ground.

Dead body of a tiger into water rivers.

State Legislator, Mrinal Saikia told Reuters, “The animals are having a tough time with a larger number of rhinos, deer, elephants and other animals are trapped underwater.”

According to government data, in 2017, it has been estimated that 361 animals, which includes 31 rhinos and one tiger drowned in floods.  

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Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed Hussain was a multimedia journalist with Siasat.com. He has a Bachelors in Mass Communication and Journalism and currently pursuing his post-graduation in the same subject. He has interned and worked with an English Daily. Hailing from Hyderabad, he spent his childhood in Old City. He primarily reports on civic, human interest, crime, regional and local news.
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