In photos: Floods in India threaten one-horned rhinos at national park

Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park surrounded by floodwater
Indian forest officials at Kaziranga National Park
A young person is seen carrying drinking water
This rhino finds a bridge is a good way to stay away from floodwaters
Children use rafts to negotiate the swollen rivers
Indian hog deer swim in floodwaters
Cows have also been caught up in the floods in Ahmedabad
An Indian one-horn rhino and calf shelter on land
Indian villagers travel by boat through floodwaters

They are able to take shelter on higher ground

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Floods in north-east India have engulfed a national park which is home to the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinos.

The floods have already killed at least 40 people and around 1.5 million have been displaced by the waters, Daily Sabah reported.

Flooding began around two weeks ago when the Brahmaputra river burst its banks due to torrential monsoon rains. More than 2,500 villages in the Assam state have been covered by the flooding.

Regional forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma told Reuters that more than 90% of the Kaziranga National Park is underwater.

The park is a Unesco world heritage site and work has begun to help the rhinos and other animals in the park.

But Brahma said that already "two rhino calves have drowned and up to 15 deer perished in the high floods."

Although the animals are sheltering on higher ground, this is leaving them in open space where poachers could target them.

Roads run alongside a number of the park's embankments, and people are concerned animals may be hit be vehicles.

A park warden said barricades have now been put in place and forest guards are instructing drivers to travel at speeds lower than 40mph.

The Central Water Commission expects the water levels in Brahmaputra to continue rising for the rest of this week, but as long as there is no more rain it should stabilise.

See photos of the national park and other flooded areas in India in the gallery above