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Heavy rain and floods in Assam kill at least 11 and displace more than 1 million

Jul 15, 2019, 08.05 AM (IST)

Heavy monsoon rains in Assam displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 11 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in the coming days. The Brahmaputra river, which flows from the Himalayas into India and then through Bangladesh, has burst its banks, swamping more than 1,800 villages in the state. Torrential rains have affected at least 25 of Assam's 32 districts and the federal water resources body said water levels in the Brahmaputra were expected to rise, with more rains forecast over the next three days.