India – 21 Killed in Assam Landslides

At least 21 people died on 02 June after heavy rain caused landslides in India‘s northeastern Assam state.

Several landslides struck in the state’s Barak valley region on 02 June, following heavy rain in the area over the last few days. Around 420 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to 03 June in Silchar, headquarters of Cachar district.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said via Social Media: “The loss of lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Barak valley, Assam is tragic. Local authorities are undertaking rescue and relief efforts. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers for everyone’s safety and well-being.”

According to the state’s disaster management agency (ASDMA) 7 people died when a landslide buried 2 houses in Cachar district. Eight people were evacuated from the area. Eight people died, 3 were injured and 11 evacuated after landslides in Hailakandi district.

In Karimganj district, 35 people were affected by landslides in areas near Nilambazar, where 1 house was destroyed and 3 were damaged. Six people died and 3 were injured.

Floods in Assam

Wide areas of the state have been affected by river flooding that began around 23 May.

As of 01 June, 9 people had died in the flooding in the state. At their peak, the floods affected over 300,000 people. River levels have since fallen, although 155,000 people remain affected in the districts of Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai. Around 6,000 people are still in relief camps in Goalpara and Hojai.

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