Flooding in India causes 20 deaths
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.