Saturday 10 December 2016

52 dead and thousands stranded as monsoon floods hit India

Published 30/07/2016 | 13:11

A flood-hit family escapes by boat at Sildubi village in the north eastern Indian state of Assam (AP)
A flood-hit family escapes by boat at Sildubi village in the north eastern Indian state of Assam (AP)

Indian authorities are trying to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rains killed at least 52 people.

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Tens of thousands of others were forced to leave their homes in Bihar state in the east and Assam in the north east.

A government spokesman said 26 deaths have been reported in Assam, where incessant downpours have damaged roads and snapped telephone cables in several districts.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh flew over the worst-hit areas on Saturday and said the floods were "very serious".

Another 26 deaths have been reported in eastern Bihar due to drowning and home collapses in 10 districts bordering Nepal.

Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam, Bihar and many parts of India during the June-September monsoon season.

AP

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