Seven killed, over 1.2 million hit in floods in India's Assam

Floods driven by incessant monsoon rains have killed at least seven people and affected over 1.2 million in India's north-eastern state of Assam, officials said Tuesday.

Soldiers were rescuing villagers from low-lying and inundated areas, while state agencies were providing food and medical supplies to flood victims.

A total of 1.25 million people were displaced, stranded in or on their homes, or have suffered damage to crops, land or livelihood, Assam disaster management official, Nandini Hazarika, said.

Seven people drowned over the past week as rivers swelled and breached embankments. More than 100,000 people were staying in 200 relief camps.

Assam's main wildlife sanctuary, Kaziranga National Park that is home to the largest concentration of one-horned rhinos in the world, was also inundated.

India's monsoon season usually lasts from June to September, and torrential rains routinely exact a heavy toll, causing floods, landslides, house collapses and crop destruction. So far, more than 210 people have died during the current monsoon season across India, according to the Home Ministry.

Last update: Tue, 26/07/2016 - 13:44
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