66 wild animals died in India monsoon floods

Forest officials carry a tranquilized tiger after he strayed from Kaziranga National Park and took shelter in a house in Baghmari village, India, July 15, 2020, photo: Reuters/Anuwar Hazarika
Forest officials carry a tranquilized tiger after he strayed from Kaziranga National Park and took shelter in a house in Baghmari village, India, July 15, 2020, photo: Reuters/Anuwar Hazarika

“The second wave of current year flood is going on in Kaziranga. So far, 66 animals died and 170 numbers of animals were rescued,” said Periyasami Sivakumar, director of Kaziranga National Park in India.

With most of the land in the park being under water, animals are struggling to survive. Some rhinos and tigers strayed into villages, to escape from the water.

One tiger was hiding in a house in Baghmari village. Forest officials had to tranquilize him to take him out of the house.

170 Wild animals have been rescued from the flooded park, home to the world’s largest concentration of one-horned rhinos. Authorities also rescued a female rhino calf that was separated from its mother.

Heavy flooding triggered by monsoon rains have forced more than a million people to flee their homes in India’s Kaziranga state, officials said.

The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world which flows from Tibet into India and then into Bangladesh, burst its banks in Assam over the weekend, flooding more than 2,000 villages.

Source: Reuters

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