Death toll from flooding in India rises to 89 | News
The death toll in the Indian state of Assam due to the rains, floods and landslides that have hit the territory for a couple of weeks, amounted to 89, according to local media reports.
Floods in India and Bangladesh leave more than 40 dead
The number of fatalities has increased since two weeks ago when the first rains began to hit the eastern region of the country.
Heavy rains caused the Brahmaputra, one of Asia’s largest, and Barak rivers to overflow their banks, flooding much of Assam, a state famous for its tea plantations.
The India Meteorological Center reported an accumulated rainfall of 520 millimeters only until June 19, indicating that 109 percent of the expected monthly norm was covered.
Assam is one of the most famous states in the country for its tea plantations, but taking into account official reports of around 100,000 hectares of crops affected by rains and floods, the country must seek agricultural alternatives that minimize loss.
The rains also hit northeastern Bangladesh and between the two nations caused an estimated 6 million displacements.