Lions leave forests as floods cause chaos in India

Monsoon rains have caused incessant flooding with reports of lions leaving their habitats as a result of the flooding.

Lions leave forests as floods cause chaos in India

World Bulletin / News Desk

Senior authorities in Gujarat India have said that this monsoon season has been worst in the past 90 years with floods affecting thousands of people.

Air force helicopters have provided food drops to those who have been stranded, and it has been reported that 70 people have been killed so far with 10,000 moving to highter ground and 1,000 airlifted to safety.

Heavy rains have triggered house collapses in the worst-affected Saurashtra region.

The coastal district of Amreli is the worst affected, where more than 600 villages have been affected.

There have been reports of lions coming out of their habitat in the Gir forest in Junagadh - the only home to Asiatic lions - which has also been hit by rains.

Meanwhile, flood warnings have been issued in Indian-administered Kashmir state where floods killed about 300 people last year.

Authorities have also halted all pilgrimages to Kedarnath and other Hindu holy sites due to heavy rains, in the northern state of Uttarakhand

India receives 80% of its annual rainfall during the monsoon season, which runs between June and September.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Haziran 2015, 10:08