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India floods displace more than 850,000

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A mahout moves an elephant to higher ground as villagers paddle with their belongings through flood waters in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, some 55 km from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, India on June 28, 2012.

Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, sweeping away homes and forcing more than 850,000 people to flee their homes.

Floodwaters have submerged 90 per cent of a wildlife sanctuary in Assam, forcing rhinos and other wild animals to shelter in the woodland of the park which is located at a higher altitude. 

-- The Associated Press and Agence France Presse contributed to this report


Wild Asiatic water buffalo run to take shelter on high ground inside the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in the flood-affected Morigaon district of Assam on June 28, 2012. The sanctuary has been underwater for two days.

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A man pauses before making his way through flood waters at Burhaburhi village, about 40 miles east of Guwahati on June 29, 2012.