Wildlife at Risk After Monsoon Floods in India
Police are patrolling for poachers as rhinoceros, deer and wild buffalo move to higher ground to escape floods devastating parts of northeast India, including a famed wildlife preserve.
Kaziranga National Park in Assam state has the world’s largest population of the one-horned rhinoceros and is home to many other species.
The flooding situation in the park is grave after heavy monsoon rains in the past three weeks. Forest guards have found one carcass of a rhino that died in the floods, and vehicles on a highway knocked down six deer over the weekend.
Most forest guard posts in the park have flooded, and police are ordering drones to keep watch on the national park spread over an area of 500 square kilometers (195 square miles).