At least 33 people have been killed and over a million people displaced in landslides and floods caused by the incessant rains in India’s north-eastern states of Sikkim and Assam.
The rescue operators in Sikkim found 21 bodies, including those of the members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Border Road Organization, while several others were reported missing in the state.
Rescue workers were finding it difficult to reach the remote areas of the states as the roads were destroyed by the landslides. The main road between Chungthang and Mangan in northern Sikkim was damaged in several areas and huge boulders tumbled down in the landslides blocked access to many areas.
Several people were believed to be marooned in Chungthang and remote villages of Mangan district and the Army and border force were deployed for the rescue operations.
"The major challenge is to provide water and electricity. We will distribute water to every house using water tankers. A few generators have been put into service to light street lamps. Kerosene will be provided to houses tomorrow," said Raj Yadav, sub-divisional magistrate of Chungthang, according to One India.
Indian Air force helicopters were being used to reach the people in isolated areas with supplies and rescue works. The rescue operators were moving the people to the higher altitudes in choppers, Reuters reported.
In Assam, thousands of rain-affected families found shelter in camps or roadside tends. The Kaziranga National Park, which is home to endangered species like the one-horned rhinoceroses, was also flooded.
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Villagers cross flooded road at Lachi Bishnupur village in Assam Reuters
Flood affected victim puts goats on raft made from banana trees outside her flooded hut at Lachi Bishnupur village Reuters
Flood affected woman prepares food inside her submerged hut at Lachi Bishnupur village in Assam Reuters