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Landslide triggered by heavy rains claim 13 lives in northeastern India

STORY: At least 13 people were killed and one feared missing after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains tore through a village in India’s northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state, a local lawmaker said on Wednesday (July 12).

The landslide hit the village of Laptap on Tuesday (July 11) in Papumpare district, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the state capital Itanagar.

Nabam Tuki said 13 bodies have been recovered by a team of National Disaster Response Force and police.

According to local media reports, one more body was recovered by rescue team later the same day.

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have wreaked havoc in India’s northeastern states, disrupting normal life.

In Assam, three people died in floods and landslides on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the state to 33 in the past 15 days.

Over 1.2 million people have been affected by floods in over 2,000 villages in the state, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said in a bulletin.

The floodwaters have swamped over 100,000 hectares of agricultural land, damaging standing crops, it said.




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