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Kaziranga turns into watery grave for animals

15 July 2017

The floods caused by torrential rains across the hilly states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur over the past two weeks, have also triggered landslides.

In Majuli river island, the River Brahmaputra breached the embankment in three places inundating residences of over 50,000 people. Relief and rescue teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed across the country to deal with the situation.

Sonowal said: "Relief and rescue operations are going on a war footing".

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She said almost 60 other animals, mostly deer and wild boars, have been killed in the floods.

Lakhimpur, Karimganj, Dhemaji and Majuli have been the worst-affected districts. Seven persons have died due to flood related incidents during last 24 hours. According to local government officials, overall 29,000 people are staying at 123 relief camps set up across the state.

Poachers are seeking to take advantage of widespread monsoon flooding in India's Kaziranga National Park as animals flee in search of higher ground.

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Of some 3,000 one-horned rhinos, an estimated 2,500 are believed to be in the 430sq km Kaziranga Park.

Officials are closely watching the movement of animals to guard against poaching. "Will do the assessment and submit a report". "He also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's deep anguish for the loss of lives and properties in the current wave of floods in the state", Sonowal told the Times of India.

Rijiju was accompanied by NITI Aayog Joint Secretary Vikram Singh Gaur, Assam Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Assam Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Naba Kumar Doley along with other senior officials. He directed the department to take immediate steps to contain erosion and also convened a high-level meeting at the circuit house in Morigaon to review the situation.

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The floodwater level in Kaziranga National Park (KNP), a World Heritage Site 250kms from here, started receding on Thursday, but the past eight days of flood fury has left a trail of animal carcasses.

Kaziranga turns into watery grave for animals