More than 700 adjutant storks, an endangered species, were killed in a heavy storm that lashed Majuli district on Tuesday. Haren Saikia, a forest officer on the island, said, “The birds were found dead in the Garmur area of the island on Tuesday morning. Many of them were chicks.”

He added, “The storks died as their nests were damaged by the storm which hit the island at 1.30 am and lasted an hour.” According to data available with the forest department, Garmur is home to more than 6,000 endangered bird species. Hundreds of trees were also uprooted in several places on the island, including Garmur, Phuloni, Khonachook and Lahoti. READ MORE