11 dead in Indian monsoon floods

Copy of APTOPIX India Flooding AP A woman wades through the flood waters in Gauhati, India, Friday, June 27, 2014. Several people were killed due to electrocu. AP Photo/Anupam Nath

Gauhati - Authorities are rushing food and drinking water to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that have left at least 11 dead in India's remote northeast.

Magistrate Chinmoy Phukan says nearly 60 millimeters (2.3

inches) of rain on Thursday night badly flooded Assam state.

Residents waded through waist- and knee-deep water in several parts of the state capital, Gauhati.

Loose patches of earth rolled down the hills around Gauhati as a light rain continued on Saturday.

India's Meteorological Department says a vigorous monsoon hit the northeast, while other parts of the country are experiencing 30 to 40 percent deficiency in rainfall in June. India's monsoon season lasts from June to the end of September. - Sapa-AP


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