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Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in northeast India have killed at least 16 people

GUWAHATI, India: Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 16 people in northeastern India over the past two weeks, where more than 300,000 have been displaced from their flooded homes, authorities said Tuesday.
India’s army and air force helped rescue efforts in Assam, one of the worst-hit states, where a military helicopter flew 13 fishermen to safety early Tuesday after they were stranded on a small island in the Brahmaputra for four days. of Asia’s largest rivers, officials said.
The Brahmaputra River, which flows 1,280 kilometers (800 mi) through the state of Assam before flowing through Bangladesh, overflows every year. But this year, increased rainfall has made the river, already known for its strong and unpredictable flow, even more dangerous to live near or on one of the more than 2,000 island villages in its middle.
In the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China, landslides destroyed several roads. Army soldiers there rescued 70 students and teachers from a flooded school in Changlang district, police said. Similarly, heavy flooding in the states of Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya washed away roads and collapsed bridges.
According to official figures, more than 80 people have died in six northeastern states since the end of May due to rain-triggered floods and mudslides.
Back in Assam, animals in the famous Kaziranga National Park, home to about 2,500 one-horned rhinos, are moving to higher ground to escape the floods. Park rangers are monitoring their movement to ensure their safety, state Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Disasters caused by landslides and floods are common in the northeastern region of the country during the monsoon season from June to September. According to the Energy, Environment and Water Council’s 2021 report, India, and the state of Assam in particular, is considered one of the most vulnerable regions of the world to climate change due to more intense rains and floods. think tank.

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