The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have sent letters to officials from an Indian national reserve expressing concerns about the devastating floods in the area, authorities said.
more than a hundred animals, including ten one-horned rhinoceroses, have died since June as a result of the flood in the Kaziranga Reserve in northeastern India.
Park Director P Sivakumar said, “Since the first week of June, we have not had a postponement from wave after wave of floods that have wreaked havoc in the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve.”
He said an animal that drowned in a swollen river near the park on Saturday raised the rhino’s death toll to 10.
William and Kate visited the park in April 2016 to learn about conservation efforts and poaching.
In their letter to Mr. Sivakumar, they wrote, “The deaths of so many animals, including one-horned rhinoceros, are deeply disturbing.”
According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the persistent monsoon has dumped rain in parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal, displacing 9.6 million people.
According to the IFRC, more than 550 people died in the floods.
The organization warned of a humanitarian crisis, saying that nearly a third of Bangladesh has already been flooded and more rain is expected in the coming weeks. It said 2.8 million people have been affected and more than a million are isolated.
In India, more than 6.8 million people have been affected by the floods, mainly in the northern states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh, the IFRC said.
In Bihar, officials say at least 10 people have been killed.
In Assam, home of Kaziranga, 96 people died in floods and another 26 in mudslides.
The flood water also complicates the protection of wildlife in the park.
Mr. Sivakumar added, “Over a hundred of the 223 security camps in the vast park are still flooded, making the daily work of our 1,600 guards a real challenge.”