May 21, 2013 | 04:06 AM (BD Time)
21 May, 2013 Tuesday
A villager moves his belongings on a banana raft from his half submerged house in flood waters.
Floods swamp over 2,000 villages, kill 27 in India
. AP, Gauhati
Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, killing at least 27 people and leaving hundreds of thousands more marooned Friday.
The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were being dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded.
About a million people have been forced to evacuate as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River-one of Asia's largest-swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam state, officials said.
Officials have counted 27 people dead so far, but the toll is expected to be much higher as unconfirmed casualty reports mount.
Telephone lines were knocked out and some train services were cancelled after their tracks were swamped by mud. As the floods soaked the Kaziranga game reserve east of Assam's capital of Gauhati, motorists reported seeing a one-horned rhino fleeing along a busy highway.
"We never thought the situation would turn this grim when the monsoon-fed rivers swelled a week ago," said Nilomoni Sen Deka, an Assam government minister.
Residents of Majuli-an 800-square-kilometer island in the middle of the Brahmaputra River-watched helplessly as the swirling, grey waters swallowed 50 villages and swept away their homes.
Art and Culture
Focus on Chittagong
Fashion & Beauty
Food and Drink
Law and Justice
New Nation Supplement
Editor: Mostafa Kamal Majumder, Adviser Editor: A.M. Mufazzal, Printed and Published by Mainul Hosein from the New Nation Printing Press, 1.R.K Mission Road, Dhaka-1203 Phones: New Nation PABX: 7122654, 7114514, 7122655, Fax: 880-2-7122650, 9512775 email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org for advertisement, email@example.com