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article imageFloods toll rises to 77 in India's Assam state

By Kev Hedges     Jul 3, 2012 in Environment
Guwahati - At least 77 people have been killed in serious flooding in India's Assam state. The region is famous for its steep hills and tea cultivation.
The Brahmaputra river and several tributaries have overflowed after heavy monsoon rains. Bridges have collapsed, power lines have been torn down and many homes made from bamboo have been washed away. More than two million people are affected or displaced by the floods. Prime Minister Singh and Congress Chief Sonia Ghandi flew over some of the flooded areas on Monday to survey the damage.
The floods affected all 27 districts of Assam, killing 65 people in one evening during Saturday night's heavy rainfall which also destroyed several square miles of crops and farmland. By Sunday some of the river levels on the Brahmaputra tributaries began to recede.
The fear from officials in India is that the death toll may certainly rise much higher; as the river began to recede on Sunday it gave up several more bodies. There are also still populated human communities and crop fields which are still submerged under deep waters, reports India Today.
Rescue workers and the Army in India have given shelter, food, clean water and medicine to thousands of displaced people. They have acted swiftly to prevent the outbreak of disease, reports Reuters.
The climate in India is regularly affected by the yearly Monsoon rains. From June to October India is affected by heavy monsoon rains that begin in the south-west and on some mountains ranges facing the Indian Ocean. Rainfall levels can often be torrential in the extreme.
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