77 dead in floods in Assam

Assam, July 15 (QNN)

The Brahmaputra River continued to wreak havoc, displacing more than 2 million people, the officials said. Vast tracts were still underwater with 26 of the state’s 33 districts badly affected. Six more people have died in floods and mudslides in northeastern India’s Assam state, officials said Tuesday, taking the death toll to 77 from more than two weeks of heavy rains that caused one of Asia’s largest rivers to overflow.

M.S. Mannivanan, head of the State Disaster Management Authority, said rescue and relief operations were underway. We have 40 teams of the State Disaster Response Force in the worst-hit areas and the army also is on standby, Mannivanan said. The Brahmaputra River, which flows through Tibet, India and Bangladesh, burst its banks in Assam late last month, inundating large swathes of the state and triggering mudslides. In neighboring Bangladesh, over a million people are marooned or have left their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings.