Assam floods leave thousands displaced
Heavy seasonal rainfall has led to floods in Northeast states. Assam and Meghalaya are worst-hit with the former reporting more than 80 deaths. The deluge has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes since May in the state of Assam, known for its lush green tea gardens and a famous wildlife park.
While the states fight Covid 19, the natural calamity is adding to the woes of the people. Not only humans, even animals are affected. Authorities say 85% of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, home to an estimated 2,500 endangered one-horned rhinos, is under water.
More than 100 animals, including nine of the rhinos, have drowned in the floods. The vast majority of the world’s surviving one-horned rhinos live in Kaziranga. wild buffaloes, wild boar, swamp deer and hog deer were among the other animals found dead.
The meteorological department has warned of heavy to moderate rainfall in north India too. Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Uttarakhand are supposed to receive heavy rainfall in the coming days.