[INDIA] Flood flurry wreaks havoc in Assam, toll tops 121

Saturday, July 07, 2012
North-east flooded area of Assam © Google map 
Guwahati: Severe floods in Assam have thrown life out of gear in this eastern state as the death toll has risen to 121 till Saturday.

Miserable plight can be seen across the state as not only the human life, but the wildlife has also been badly affected with over 540 animals, including 13 rhinos, perishing in the world-famed Kaziranga National Park.

Water level of Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger mark were showing receding trend following cessation of rainfall in most of the 27 affected districts but it is still above the danger mark, officials said on Saturday.

Heavy rains and overflowing rivers have swept away houses and submerged large areas of agricultural land in 2000 villages across the state since past 15 days. The heavy monsoon rains have forced a million people to leave their homes for higher ground.

The bodies of 540 animals, including 13 rhinos and 460 hog-deers, were found in the flooded Kaziranga park.

Notably, Kaziranga is considered to hold the largest concentration of one-horned rhinos in the world.
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