20 dead in heavy monsoon floods in North East India
July 5, New Delhi: The heavy monsoon rains in northeast India has tiggered floods and landslides killing atleast 20 and leaving thousands homeless.
According to authorities, the deaths included drowning or fatal injuries from collapsed homes in Assam state, where the mighty Brahmaputra River was flowing above the danger level, swelled by the heavy rain in the past two weeks, said the state's disaster management authority.
Approximately, 400,000 people have left their flooded homes in 750 villages across nearly half of Assam's 27 districts, of which only 30,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps run by the state government. "An Indian air force helicopter flying food supplies to remote areas went missing in the state in bad weather Tuesday," said India's junior Home Minister Kiren Rijiju.
The Oslo Times International News Network