Annual monsoon floods in Assam has killed at least eight rare rhinos in Kaziranga National Park, the largest habitat to the specific specie in the world.
This year’s flood has wreaked twin havoc to the North Indian state of Assam, which, like other places in India is predominantly grappling with the pandemic.
The Kaziranga National Park is also the world’s largest home for the one horned rhinos – as much as 2,400 of them live in the UNESCO World Heritage area, according to reports.
Nine one-horned rhinos have died of the floods in the protected region, among over a hundred of other animals including several deer, leopards, wild boar, a python, and wild buffaloes that have died of drowning, according to the Hindustan Times. Many animals died from being hit by cars while crossing roads.
Fortunately, this year’s rhino death toll is comparatively lesser, in 2019 eighteen rhinos have died. In one instance in this year’s monsoon floods, an exhausted rhino was found resting on National Highway 37 that cuts throw a part of the coveted reserve.
The video of the animal resting with police guarding the animal has gone viral on social media. Watch the video belwo:
According to reports, the animal has now moved back into the National park territory after the rhino regained his strength. Watch the rhino as it first strayed on the highway, below:
As of now, 85% (430 sq. Km) of the National Park is underwater; millions in Assam have been displaced and many are put to relief camps set in different zones, with a lingering threat of COVID-19 spread in the camps owing to lack of social distancing and hygiene.
Assam is intertwined by a number of high-volume river system, contributing to the chances of floods every year with the onset of monsoons. A couple of man made as well as natural factors collectively invite the devastation annually, according to reports.
At least 79 has died in Assam in the recent weeks.
(Cover image courtesy of Imran088 via Commons)