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Flood fury in Assam puts wildlife of Kaziranga National Park in peril; see pics

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Sat August 19 2017, 5:21 pm
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    Rising floodwaters have inundated large parts of a famous wildlife reserve park in northeastern India, killing more than 225 animals and forcing hundreds of other animals to flee. Around 15 rhinos, 185 deer and at least one Royal Bengal tiger have died in the devastating floods that have submerged almost the entire Kaziranga National Park in Assam state. It is a hearbreaking scene as carcasses of animals were seen floating in the floodwaters.

    In this photo the carcass of a tiger lies in floodwaters at the Bagori range inside Kaziranga National Park. (AP Photo)

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    Earlier this month, the first wave of floods had submerged over 70 per cent of the park and led to the death of 105 animals.

    In this photo rhinos and buffaloes are seen at the flooded Kaziranga National Park. (Reuters)

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    The second wave of floods hit the state earlier this month, submerging 25 districts and affecting over 33 lakh people.

    In this photo a mahout bathes his elephant inside the flooded Kaziranga National Park. (Reuters)

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    About 80 per cent of the 480-square-kilometer (185-square-mile) park has been flooded and more than 100 animal carcass recovered.

    Rhinos and a deer at the flooded Kaziranga National Park. (PTI Photo)

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    Deadly landslides and flooding are common across South Asia during the summer monsoon season that stretches from June to September.

    Forest guards chase away a rhino that strayed into a residential area after floods forced animals to escape the Kaziranga National Park. (Reuters)

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    Rhinos and an elephant at a highland at the flooded Kaziranga National Park. (PTI Photo)

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    A one-horned rhino calf that was rescued by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) team in Kaziranga National Park. (AP Photo)

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