: Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of thousands of people marooned Friday. At least 27 people were killed, but the toll was expected to rise.
The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded, but pouring rain was complicating operations.
About 1 million people have had to evacuate their homes as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River one of Asia’s largest swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam State, officials said.
Assam’s flooded capital of Guwahati was hit by mudslides that buried three people. Many of the city’s 2 million residents were negotiating the submerged streets in rubber dinghies and small wooden boats. Most businesses were closed.
Officials have counted 27 people dead so far. Nearby, a herd of 70 endangered Asiatic elephants, were grouped together.AP