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Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless

Floods have devastated parts of northeast India, leaving at least 28 people dead and hundreds of thousands of others homeless.

Children have been pictured attempting to escape on makeshift rafts in Assam, while an aid helicopter carrying vital supplies went missing in Arunachal Pradesh.

Flooding and landslides have killed at least 28 people since mid-June.

Another 500,000 people have fled their homes in 800 villages across almost half of Assam’s 27 districts, and are now left homeless.

Nearly 20,000 people have been forced to take shelter in relief camps run by the state government.

Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
At least 28 people have been killed (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Flood victims travel by boat past the submerged village of Katoguri in Morigaon district (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
A flood affected woman cooks dinner in a makeshift camp in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Indian villagers pull a boat across the road to use it in flood waters in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Children cross flood waters on a homemade raft in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Women along with their children cross flood waters on a banana raft in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)

On Tuesday, the authority said it had evacuated 400 students after their school campus was flooded in the western Nalbari district, 55 miles west of the state capital Gauhati.

In neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh state, roads to several districts have been cut off due to the heavy rains.

And an Indian air force helicopter flying food supplies to remote areas went missing in bad weather on Tuesday, according to India’s junior home minister Kiren Rijiju.

Mr Rijiju himself had a narrow escape when his helicopter was caught in a storm, and was forced to land in Arunachal Pradesh’s capital Itanagar.

Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Flood affected children and women take shelter in a relief camp in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
A boy takes his goats on a raft to a safer place in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
A boy dries clothes outside his house, partially submerged in flood waters at Burgaon, 50 miles east of Gauhati, Assam (Picture: AP)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
A woman collects drinking water from a hand pump in the flood affected Morigaon district of Assam (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Flood affected villagers carry drinking water in a country boat to a makeshift camp where they have taken shelter in Morigaon (Picture: EPA)
Extreme floods in India kill 28 people and leave 500,000 homeless
Villagers stand outside their houses partially submerged in flood waters in Burgaon (Picture: AP)

Pramila Rani Brahma, Assam’s forest and Environment Minister, described the flooding situation as grave, adding that three weeks of heavy monsoon rains were also threatening to destroy Kaziranga National Park.

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