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Heavy floods hit India’s northeast

INDIA: Close to 150,000 people are sheltering in schools, government buildings and makeshift tents after being hit by flash floods in India’s northeast, officials said Tuesday.

Thousands of villagers lost their homes and crops as the Brahmaputra river — which flows through Tibet, India and Bangladesh and is one of Asia’s longest waterways — rose above danger level.

So far 125 villages had been affected with almost 150,000 people displaced in the first wave of floods, the regional weather office in Assam state’s main city of Guwahati said.

The state government said it was monitoring the situation as the weather office warned of more rain and thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.

Every year the monsoon causes the river to flood in Assam, a remote state of 26 million people. In 2004, at least 200 people died and millions were displaced.

Guwahati, Wednesday, AFP

 

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