[QODLink]
Central & South Asia
Flash floods kill dozens in northeast India
Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains claim at least 26 lives, with eight other people missing.
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2012 21:20
Monsoon rain have triggered heavy floods, disrupting road transport and damaging houses in the northeast [Reuters]

Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in northeast India have claimed at least 26 lives, with eight other people missing.

The army and air force has launched rescue operations in areas badly hit by the rains that have been lashing the states of Sikkim, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for days.

In a remote area of northeastern state of Sikkim, at least 21 bodies, including those of members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the Press Trust of India news agency said on Sunday.

In Assam state, five deaths were reported in widespread flooding that submerged a major wildlife sanctuary and parks, the news agency said.

Karma Zyatso, chief secretary of Sikkim state, said the workers, who lived in camps, were swept away by the swirling waters.

He also said helicopters dropped food supplies to nearly 10,000 people living in six villages cut off due to damage to the main highway in the area, about 550km west of Gauhati, the capital of Assam.

The rains have swollen the mighty Brahmaputra river and its tributaries, causing floods that have affected hundreds of thousands of people in the region.

The air force was dropping food supplies to people marooned by floods.

India's northeast has been especially hard hit by devastating rains during the monsoon, which runs from June to September.

Locals expressed grief on losing their property due to the landslide.

"My house has been swept due to the landslide and everything I owned is ruined," lamented a local, Kipa Bhutia.

237

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
US drones in Pakistan have killed thousands since 2004. How have leaders defended or decried these deadly planes?
Residents count the cost of violence after black American teenager shot dead by white Missouri police officer.
EU's poorest member state is struggling to cope with an influx of mostly war-weary Syrian refugees.
Study says tipping point reached as poachers kill 7 percent of African elephants annually; birth rate is 5 percent.
Zimbabwe's leader given rotating chairmanship of 15-member nation bloc a year after he won disputed presidential polls.
join our mailing list