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Nearly 1 Million Affected by NE India Flooding

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FILE - A boy eats rice inside his house partially submerged in flood waters at Gagolmari village 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Sept. 2, 2015.

FILE - A boy eats rice inside his house partially submerged in flood waters at Gagolmari village 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Sept. 2, 2015.

Flood water has inundated several districts in India's northeastern state of Assam and the situation remained grim on Sunday with many people forced to leave their homes and seek shelter in relief camps.

Floods in Assam have affected close to 900,000 people in 1,841 villages of 18 districts of the state. As many as 85,000 people have taken shelter in the 214 relief camps set up by the government.

The Brahmaputra River and many of its tributaries have breached their embankments after heavy rainfall, washing away thousands of homes mostly made of bamboo and straw, as well as roads, bridges and power lines.

People staying in the villages say increasing water levels are causing immense difficulty and even the cattle have been badly affected.

A villager, Raju, cried government apathy and said they are running out of basic necessities.

"There is no help from the government. The situation here is very bad as there is no food to eat and not even water to drink," he said.

Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Kachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darang, Baksa, Nalbari, Udalguri, Kamrup and Dibrugarh are among the worst affected areas in the state.

India's paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) is carrying out rescue and relief operations in some districts.
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall created flood like situation in some areas of southern Hyderabad city.

Cars and two-wheelers were also washed away in the water that inundated roads and streets.

Annual monsoon season is vital for India as half of its cropland lacks irrigation. The rains support two-thirds of India's 1.25 billion populations who live in rural areas and rely on farming.

But excessive rains cause many problems such as floods, landslides and water-borne diseases.

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