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Heavy rains caused floods in northeastern India, killing 11 | News

GAUHATI, India – At least 11 people have been killed in floods and torrential rains in a remote northeastern region of India, officials said Tuesday.

Several railway stations have been closed due to flooding, said Nazrin Ahmed, a senior official in the Dima Hasao district of Assam.

She said nearly 200,000 people in the county were cut off from the rest of the state because roads and bridges were blocked by landslides or washed away.

The army has deployed helicopters to assist in rescue operations.

Officials said four people were killed Monday in heavy rains and mudslides in the border state of Arunachal Pradesh. Two more were killed when their homes on a small hill collapsed in the state capital of Itanagar, and two road builders were killed in mudslides elsewhere.

Seven more people are reported to have been killed in nearby Assam. The State Agency for Disaster Relief said nearly 700 villages were under water.

The Meteorological Department of India forecasts in the region for the next four days very heavy to extremely heavy rains.

Landslides and floods are common in the northern Himalayas of India. Scientists say they are becoming more common as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.

In 2020, a flood in Utarakhand killed nearly 200 people and washed away homes. In 2013, thousands of people died there as a result of floods.

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