The Amazon of the East is under threat. SAVE DEHING PATKAI

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The Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary also known as the Jeypore Rainforest is located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam. Dehing is the name of the river that flows through this forest and Patkai is the hill at the foot of which the sanctuary lies. The place has a rich biodiversity, with over 292 bird species, flying fox, barking deer, stump-tailed macaque, capped langur, Indian leopard, Asian elephant, and various other animal species which is why this forest land is also called the 'Amazon of the East'. 

As the nation enters another extended lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), in April, approved a coal-mining project in the Saleki reserve forest which is a part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve. The announcement was made via video conference, chaired by the Chairman of NBWL and the Minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change of India. 

This Rainforest is one of the major Rain forests this country has. We urge the Prime Minister of India, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India, the Chief Minister of Assam and the NBWL to stop any current and future coal mining project in Saleki and the whole of Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, stating that legal and illegal coal extraction is having and will have catastrophic consequences for the whole ecosystem of the region. 

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