Floods leave 300,000 homeless


GUWAHATI (India): Villagers scrambled to higher ground or crowded into government buildings after floods in northeast India left about 300,000 people homeless, officials said yesterday.  

The flooding, caused by seasonal monsoon rains, destroyed or damaged homes in around 300 villages in Assam and washed away roads, bridges and rail tracks. 

Villagers in small wooden boats paddled across large swaths of flooded land to rescue their belongings, including livestock. 

“Local government officials have started distributing food and relief materials like medicines to the affected people,” Assam Water Resources Minister Nurjamal Sarkar said. 

WADING TO SCHOOL: Babul Ali, 35 a head master of a lower primary school, guiding students through a flood-affected road at Udiyana, Assam, in India Monday.- APpic

Meteorologists said they expected further rainfall in the next 48 hours. – Reuters  

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