Guwahati: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed sadness and are heartbroken over the devastation of flood in Kaziranga National Park in Assam.
In a letter to P Sivakumar, director of the park, both recalled their happy memories when they visited the park in April 2016.
“We are shocked by what has happened. The deaths of so many animals, including one-horned rhino, are deeply upsetting. We know from our visit how dedicated all the staff in Kaziranga are in caring for the park’s wildlife and can only begin to imagine what a difficult time this must be. Catherine and I greatly admire all the work that you and rangers at Kaziranga are doing to risk your own safety, rescue animals and contain the damage,” the letter, issued on July 21, 2020, said.
The loss of life and livelihood in Assam as a result of the flooding, coming on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, is deeply distressing. We offer our deepest condolences to all those affected, the letter added.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Kaziranga National Park in Assam on April 13, 2016.
During their visit, they clicked photographs when they spotted one-horned rhinos, elephants, swamp deer and other wild animals during their two-hour safari. They also interacted with the staff members of the park and others associated with the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The overall flood situation in Assam deteriorated further on Thursday even as four more lives were lost due to the deluge taking the death toll in the State this year to 93. The number of flood-hit people in the state swelled to over 28 lakh with several new habitations being inundated.