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Floods in northeast India kill 11

GAUHATI, INDIA (AP) – At least 11 people have died in floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in India’s remote northeast region, officials said yesterday.

Several railway stations were closed because of floods, said senior official in Assam’s Dima Hasao district Nazreen Ahmed.

She said nearly 200,000 people in the district were cut off as roads and bridges were blocked by landslides or washed away.

The army deployed helicopters to help with rescue efforts.

Officials said four people were killed on Monday following heavy rain and mudslides in the region’s frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh. Two others died when their houses on a small hillock collapsed in the state’s capital, Itanagar, and two road construction workers were killed by mudslides at another location.

People inspect the area of a landslide after heavy rainfall in Dima Hasao district, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. PHOTO: AP

Seven other people were reported killed in neighbouring Assam.

The state’s disaster management agency said nearly 700 villages were underwater.

The Indian Meteorological Department forecast very heavy to extremely heavy rain in the region for the next four days.

Landslides and floods are common in India’s Himalayan north.

Scientists say they are becoming more frequent as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.

In 2020, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away houses in Uttarakhand state. In 2013, thousands of people were killed in floods there.