From: New Scientist
Published September 2, 2008 09:18 AM

India's monsoon floods drive out humans and rhinos

Exceptionally heavy monsoon rains and rising floodwaters forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in north-eastern India and sent elephants and rhinos fleeing, as the Indian government mobilised the military to deliver medical supplies, clean water and food.

In the eastern Indian state of Bihar, the floods have already displaced about three million people and killed at least 90. The crisis started on 18 August when the Kosi river burst its banks for the first time in 150 years.

In neighbouring Bangladesh, major rivers rose to danger levels and fresh parts of the country were submerged.

In the north-eastern state of Assam, heavy rains caused water levels to rise on Tuesday, affecting more than a million people and disrupting road networks for the second consecutive day.

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