Evacuations Ordered in Northeast India Due to Flooding

Residents were force to evacuate after heavy rains pounded the Indian regions of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, last week causing floods and mudslides that washed away houses, crops, and bridges.

The flooding and mudslides caused by the heavy rains has claimed the lives of at least 11 people so far. 

A bulletin released by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on Wednesday, May 18, indicated the number of affected people has reached 662,385.

ASDMA reported there were already 48,304 people who took shelter in over 200 relief camps. 

Indian Army and Air force troops have assisted in rescue and relief since Tuesday. 

Asian News International (ANI) tweeted a video of an Indian Air Force helicopter that airlifted and evacuated civilians who were stranded in a train at Ditokcherra railway station in Dima Hasao district of Assam at the request of the civil administration.

Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, quoted in a separate report by Hindustan Times newspaper, said efforts were underway to restore rail and road connectivity. 

Sarma also ensured food and other essentials that the Indian Air Force helicopters would drop off at Halflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao. 

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