23 dead, 500,000 hit by India floods

At least 23 people have been killed as floods ravage India's north-eastern states.
At least 23 people have been killed as floods ravage India's north-eastern states.

At least 23 people have been killed and more than half a million people affected as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's north-eastern states.

As many as 12 deaths were reported in drownings, landslides and electrocutions in the first wave of floods in Assam since last Wednesday, state disaster management official Suman Ahmed said.

Five of these deaths were reported over the weekend, he added.

An estimated 448,495 people were affected in Assam, including being displaced, stranded in their homes or suffering damage to their crops, land or livelihood.

Disaster management authorities were rescuing villagers from low-lying and inundated areas.

Eight flood-related deaths have been confirmed since mid-June from the neighbouring state of Manipur where over 200,000 people were affected, officials said.

Other states in the region were also hit by floods including Tripura, where three deaths were reported in the monsoon season, according to local media reports.

The situation was improving in Manipur and Tripura as rains eased on Monday, but thousands of homeless were still in state-run relief camps. Several areas remained cut-off due to landslides that had damaged roads.

Australian Associated Press