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Officials in India are on alert for poachers after surging flood waters forced endangered rhinos to leave a game reserve

Officials in India are on alert for poachers after surging flood waters forced endangered rhinos to leave a game reserve

Officials in India are on alert for poachers after surging flood waters forced endangered rhinos to leave a game reserve

Officials in north-eastern India are on alert for poachers after surging flood waters forced endangered rhinos, Asiatic elephants, a variety of deer and other animals to leave a game reserve.

At least 29 people have been killed in the past week's flooding and more than a million others have been displaced from their homes.

The director of Assam's Kaziranga National Park, SK Bora, said that three one-horned rhinos have died from drowning and several dozen deer have been killed by the floods or vehicles on a highway. The park is 135 miles from the state capital, Gauhati.

More than 2,000 of the estimated 3,000 one-horn rhinos left in the wild live in the 170 square mile park.

PA