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Over 69,000 people affected by floods in India's Assam

NEW DELHI, June 19, 2017 (BSS/Xinhua) - Flooding in India's northeastern state of Assam has affected around 69,000 people and displaced over 4000, official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said Monday.

The broadcaster quoting officials said flood waters affected five districts of the state and several tributaries of the Brahmaputra river were flowing above the danger mark.

"In Assam, nearly 69, 000 people are affected due to flood in five
districts," AIR said.

The affected districts include Udalguri, Biswanath and Sonitpur Lakhimpur and Darrang.

Authorities have rushed teams of disaster response force to cary out rescue work and set up 10 relief camps at Udalguri and Sonitpur district where nearly 4,000 people have taken shelter.

"NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed in Sonitpur district and they have evacuated nearly 100 flood hit people," the broadcaster said. "Two persons reportedly swept away in surging water."

Reports said at Paschim Balia village in Karimganj district, five members of a family including two women were critically injured when a landslide hit their house on Sunday.

According to officials, the flooding has inundated more than 1,600 hectares of agricultural land in the affected districts.