Image of the Day: Rains in Assam of Elephant Proportions

Flooding in the Indian state of Assam covered nine-tenths of the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary with water. The wildlife residents were mostly able to escape to higher ground within the sanctuary but some, like this elephant, had to be guided out of the flooded area.

Assam is not a stranger to Monsoon floods. The Brahmaputra River and its branches overflow from the seasonal monsoon rains and flood the surrounding areas about once a year. However, these floods were unusually large. The Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh declared it “one of the worst floods to hit Assam.” The floods have left 2 million people without homes and have killed at least 80, while countless others are still missing.

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