NewsIndia reels from severe floods and deadly landslides

India reels from severe floods and deadly landslides

Homes in northeastern India have been destroyed (illustrative photo)
Homes in northeastern India have been destroyed (illustrative photo)
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10:22 AM EDT, June 14, 2024

Recently, India, like many other countries, has been experiencing significant weather anomalies. For the past few days, the government has grappled with a wave of heavy rain, leading to landslides and floods that have killed at least six people and trapped more than two thousand tourists.

Two weeks ago, we reported on the extremely high temperatures faced by residents and tourists in India. Thermometers in the states of Bihar and Odisha in eastern India showed temperatures above 126°F. The scorching heat led to the death of dozens of people. Now, in northeastern India, the situation is equally challenging but due to different weather conditions.

Tough situation in India

For the past few days, heavy rains have persisted in the northeastern part of the country. They have caused flash floods, landslides, and mudslides.

In the mountainous region of Sikkim, at least six people have died due to landslides and floods. Many houses have been destroyed, forcing families to relocate. "We are doing everything to provide all possible support to the victims and affected families," read the Facebook profile of the Sikkim government.

"The government stands firmly with the victims of this unfortunate event, promising the highest support to grieving families and all those affected and displaced," the statement continued.

Tourists trapped

Landslides have also trapped more than two thousand tourists. Hem Kumar Chettri from the local administration told Reuters that the tourists in Mangan, who could not leave the region due to impassable roads, mainly were Indian citizens.

"All the trapped tourists are safe, but we have not been able to evacuate them," he added.

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