August 2, 2016: Recent heavy floods in Assam and Bihar have led to a considerable movement of both human families and animals. As pointed out by me, in earlier messages, flood codes indicating anticipatory action to save lives and livelihoods would be useful. A particular valuable wildlife which is always in great distress and threat of destruction during the monsoon season is the one-horn rhino preserved in Kaziranga Sanctuary. Media reports say that as a result of floods in the Kaziranga sanctuary the one-horned Rhino had to move towards higher places like the highways. Here they get killed by greedy human beings who will kill the animal for selling the precious horn. This has become a regular occurrence since secure arrangements for safe habitats during the rainy season are yet to be developed for the Rhino. As a result, the population of this unique animal is dwindling. It is high time that our flood management strategy includes provision for the safety of the one-horn Rhino and other wildlife during floods. At the same time, there has to be enough extension and education for preventing the human destruction of such precious wildlife for unsustainable economic gains.
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