NEW DELHI: Ten endangered Asiatic lions, 1670 blue bulls and 87 spotted deer were amongst hundreds of wild animals killed in the recent floods to hit west India’s Gujarat, a government report said Sunday.
The flash floods that hit Saurashtra region of the state in late June also killed at least 55 people with thousands evacuating their homes for safer areas after heavy rains.
“Till July 2 this year, carcasses of ten lions were recovered,” Press Trust of India (PTI) said, quoting from a report prepared by Gujarat’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF).
Gujarat is home to about 500 Asiatic lions in their last remaining sanctuary globally.
“Besides, carcasses of 1670 blue bulls, 87 spotted deer, nine black bucks and six wild boars were also recovered,” it added.
In some of the worst affected parts of the region the water levels rose by almost 2.8 metres (nine feet) in a short span of time.