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The recent devastating flood in Assam, in India's north east region, has also resulted in the sad loss of many animals at Kaziranga National Park, one of the top 5 wildlife parks in India. Around 80% of the park spent five days submerged, after flood water from the Brahmaputra River entered it on June 26.
The majority of animals escaped to the nearby Karbi Anglong hills. However, according to this news report, many carcasses are being found now that the flood water has receded. So far, the total includes 14 rhinos, 475 hog deer, 30 wild boars, five porcupines, a wild buffalo, an elephant, two hog badgers, 10 swamp deer, two pythons, 18 sambar, and a fox.
Poachers have also taken advantage of the situation to kill two rhinos and take their horns.
In addition to the damage at Kaziranga, the flood has caused extensive damage to roads and bridges in Assam. More than 500,000 people have lost their homes, and nearly 3,000 villages submerged along with large tracts of cropland.
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