Twenty people were killed and several injured in a series of landslides in three districts of the Barak Valley region of Assam on Tuesday, officials said, even as the state is grappling with floods.
Officials said at least six people in Karimganj district, seven each in Cachar and Hailakandi districts have died due to the landslide early on Tuesday following incessant rainfall for the past few days.
President Ram Nath Kovind condoled the death of victims and said that rescue and relief operations were underway, reports the Hindustantimes.
“The loss of lives due to heavy rains and landslides in Barak valley, Assam is tragic. Local authorities are undertaking rescue and relief efforts. Condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he tweeted.
At least nine people have died in the deluge and lakhs of people in seven districts of the state are affected in 356 villages of Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, West Karbi Anglong, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts who have been affected by floods.
The floods have so far damaged crops in 2,678 hectares and affected 44,331 domestic animals and 9,350 poultry.