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India landslides kill 20 after pre-monsoon rains

  • Published at 08:31 pm June 2nd, 2020
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People gather at the site of a landslide in Udarband village, Cachar district in the Barak Valley of southern Assam state on June 2, 2020 AFP

Officials said rescue workers feared they may find more bodies trapped by the landslides and the toll could rise

At least 20 villagers, including 10 children, were killed in landslides on Tuesday after three days of incessant pre-monsoon rains in north-eastern India, officials said.

The landslides took place in the Barak Valley of southern Assam state, Forests Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said, adding that several homes were destroyed.

ials said rescue workers feared they may find more bodies trapped by the landslides and the toll could rise.

Floods in India's northeast are an annual phenomenon, but the monsoon season there usually falls between July and September.

The hilly terrain in the region makes it prone to landslides after heavy rain.

The state is already grappling with flooding in several districts, and at least nine people have died, almost 200,000 village homes damaged and more than 2,600 hectares of crops destroyed in recent weeks.

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