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Over one million displaced by rains in northeast India

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Over one million displaced by rains in northeast India

New Delhi, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) At least 1.1 million people were displaced and four were killed by the floods in the state of Assam, in northeastern India, in the last 24 hours.
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A total of 1,510 villages are currently under water, according to state government data, as reported by The Free Press Journal.

Due to heavy rains, the Brahmaputra River and other tributaries are flowing above the danger level in many points and are on the verge of overflowing.

More than 1,782 hectares of farmland are submerged under water; roads are affected in several districts, and railway traffic was disrupted after tracks flooded.

Most of Assam’s capital, Guwahati, is paralyzed for the third day in a row due to flooding.

Several landslides were also reported in Guwahati and three people were injured in the town of Ajantanagar.

Flooding is very frequent during the monsoon season (June-October), and deforestation in the Brahmaputra river basin leads to increased sedimentation levels.

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