Floods kill 3, maroon 400,000 in India’s Assam

AFP . Guwahati | Update:

Indian villagers travel by boat through floodwaters near a partially submerged house in Balimukh village of Morigoan district in India`s northeastern state of Assam on 11 July 2019. Photo: AFPFloods from monsoon rains in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam have killed three people and marooned more than 400,000, officials said Thursday.

"A total of three people including two in flood related incidents and one in landslide have been killed in Assam so far," an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official said.

More than 250 villages have been inundated in the last 24 hours, with 16,370 hectares of paddy fields submerged, the senior official said.

The government has pressed into service the National Disaster Response force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to help rescue those cut off.

The annual monsoon, which barrels up the subcontinent at this time of year, last week caused traffic misery in Mumbai as roads, railways and the airport runway were flooded.

In Bangladesh aid groups were providing rations to Rohingya refugees in the south-east of the country with a "severe" weather warning in place for the coming days, the UN World Food Programme said Wednesday.

Officials there said on Sunday that landslides triggered by monsoon rains had killed one person and left more than 4,500 homeless in the vast refugee camps home to around a million people.

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