Flood­ing in In­dia causes 20 deaths

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

GAUHATI, In­dia — Heavy rain since the start of In­dia’s mon­soon sea­son has trig­gered floods and land­slides in parts of the re­mote north­east­ern re­gion, caus­ing at least 20 deaths, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day.

The deaths in­cluded drown­ings or fa­tal in­juries from col­lapsed homes in As­sam state, where the Brahma­pu­tra River was flow­ing above the dan­ger level, swelled by the heavy rains in the past two weeks, the state’s disas­ter man­age­ment author­ity said.

Nearly 400,000 peo­ple have left their flooded homes in 750 vil­lages across nearly half of As­sam’s 27 dis­tricts, of­fi­cials said. Nearly 30,000 peo­ple have taken shel­ter in re­lief camps run by the state govern­ment. Most of the oth­ers were liv­ing with rel­a­tives or on river em­bank­ments or higher ground.

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