Thursday Jul 05, 201212:17 AM GMT
Flood death toll rises to 95 in northeast India
Indian army soldiers rescue villagers in an area 270 kilometers (169 miles) east of the city of Gauhati in Assam state on July 3, 2012.
Indian army soldiers rescue villagers in an area 270 kilometers (169 miles) east of the city of Gauhati in Assam state on July 3, 2012.
Thu Jul 5, 2012 12:16AM
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The death toll from the devastating monsoon floods and landslides that have hit India’s northeastern state of Assam has risen to 95.


Sixteen of the victims reportedly died in landslides triggered by torrential rains while many others were washed away by the flood.

According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority, as of Tuesday at least 14 people were still missing in the state, where the flooding initially began on June 24 and gradually spread to all of its 27 districts.

More than 2,000 villages have been flooded in Assam after the Brahmaputra River became a raging torrent during monsoon rains over the past week.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that nearly a quarter of the two million displaced people, who were forced to flee their homes in the remote state, were settled in relief camps and the remaining were staying either with relatives or sheltering under tarpaulin sheets.

He referred to the flooding as the worst such disaster in the state in recent years and announced 100,000 rupees ($1,800) in compensation to each of the families of the victims.

Flooding caused by monsoon rains claims the lives of many people across India every year. A total of 236 people have died throughout the country from flood-related incidents so far this year.

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