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29 June 2012

Floods Kill 27, Displace 900,000 in Northeast India

A mahout moves an elephant to higher ground as villagers padddle with their belongings through flood waters in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, some 55km from Guwahati, the capital city of the north-eastern state of Assam on June 28, 2012. At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

Guwahati, Jun 29 : At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials said on Thursday.
A state government spokesman said 21 of Assam's 27 districts were hit by flash floods which began last weekend as the rains lashed the tea and oil-rich Indian state.

'So far, 27 people have died in separate incidents including five who were killed when their boat sank,' Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told AFP in Guwahati, the state's largest city.

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