Floods kill 15, displace 400,000 in India

Nearly 400,000 people have been affected and thousands rendered homeless as floods driven by heavy monsoon rains ravaged India’s north-eastern state of Assam, officials revealed.

Disaster teams were rescuing locals from 830 inundated villages across 13 districts, while state agencies were providing food and medical supplies to flood victims.

Floods and landslides in Assam have killed 15 people since monsoon rains began in June. Several people drowned as rivers swelled and breached embankments in recent days,’’ a disaster management official said by phone from the state capital Guwahati. The flood situation is grim. Nearly 400,000 people have been affected, including those displaced, stranded in their homes or suffered damages to their crops, land and livelihood,’’ he added.

More than 25,000 homeless people had taken refuge in 108 relief camps operated by the government.

The regional weather office has predicted moderate to heavy rains would continue to lash the region in the next few days.

Report says India’s monsoon season between June and September often sees heavy rains that are vital for agriculture but can cause immense destruction.


Mazino Dickson