Passenger Rides Elephant Through Flooded Nepal Street

StoryfulWeatherPublished: August 15, 2017653 views
Published: August 15, 2017

A man sporting an umbrella and riding an elephant was captured on film travelling through the flooded streets of Sauraha, Nepal, on August 14, the day after elephants helped rescue hundreds of tourists from a flooded jungle safari park in the area. The Rapti River had overflowed its banks in Sauraha, roughly 80 kilometers west of Kathmandu, leaving about 600 tourists stranded. Indian media reported on August 15 that 91 people had been killed in the floods, and another 38 people were still missing. Sauraha is popular with foreign tourists, mainly for rhino watching and elephant rides.

When floods recently struck Nepal and stranded hundreds of tourists in a jungle safari park, it was dozens of elephants who came to the rescue. The Rapti River had overflowed its banks in Sauraha, roughly 80 kilometers west of Kathmandu, leaving about 600 tourists stranded in the popular tourist destination.

“Some 300 guests were rescued on elephant backs and tractor trailers [and taken] to [nearby] Bharatpur yesterday [Sunday] and the rest will be taken to safer places today,” Suman Ghimire, head of a group of Sauraha hotel owners, told Reuters.

Credit: Rajendra Kharel of All Angels Nepal via Storyful

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