Commuters run for cover as they cross a road during monsoon rains in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
The death toll has risen to 105 in floods caused by heavy
monsoon rains in India's north-eastern state of Assam, while
hundreds of animals died in the region's Kaziranga national
park, officials say.
Since mid-June, heavy rains and overflowing rivers have swept
away houses and submerged large areas of agricultural land in
2,000 villages across the state, forcing millions of people
to leave their homes for higher ground.
"Till now, 105 people have been killed in flood-related
incidents. Sixteen more are missing," Assam's Agriculture
Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka said. "Most of these deaths, in
drownings and landslides, occurred over the past 10 days," he
Although rains had eased, the Brahmaputra -- one of Asia's
largest rivers -- was flowing above the danger mark in
The bodies of 540 animals, including 13 rhinos and 460
hog-deers, were found in the flooded Kaziranga park.
Kaziranga is considered to hold the largest concentration of
one-horned rhinos in the world.
Forest officials said the toll was likely to increase as more
carcasses were being recovered daily, now that water levels
were receding in the park.
Almost every year, monsoon-driven floods cause widespread
destruction as overflowing rivers submerge villages and
farmland. The monsoon season in India lasts from June to
So far, more than 260 people have died during the current
monsoon season across India, according to the home ministry.