Landslide and continuous rainfall – 21 killed in Assam. Rescue and relief operations in progress.

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Landslide and continuous rainfall – 21 killed in Assam. Rescue and relief operations in progress.

Landslide and continuous rainfall - 21 killed in Assam. Rescue and relief operations in progress. The landslides in Barak Valley took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

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Landslide and continuous rainfall – 21 killed in Assam. Rescue and relief operations in progress. The landslides in Barak Valley took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

At least 21 persons were killed, including children, in a series of rain-induced landslides that took place in three districts of southern Assam’s Barak Valley — Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi — on Tuesday morning.

The incidents come on the heels of the first wave of floods, which displaced lakhs in the state in the past week.

Condoling the deaths, President Ramnath Kovind tweeted, “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.”

Earlier in the day, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had said that he was “deeply anguished” at the loss of lives in Barak valley. The government has dispatched teams for rescue and relief operations to the spots.

Incessant rainfall has caused several districts of Assam to flood in the past week. As of June 1, more than two lakh people have been affected and nine people have been killed.

News Source: Indian Express

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