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Reuters reports extreme weather in the north-eastern states:

Floods and landslides caused by relentless rain in northeast India have killed at least 33 people and displaced more than a million over the past week, officials said on Monday.

At least 21 people were killed in landslides and another eight were missing in Sikkim, said state government spokesman A.S. Tobgay.

In Assam, still recovering from deadly floods that hit the tea-growing state in July, eight people were killed and 20 were missing, police said.

Floods displaced nearly one million in Assam alone, and many were now sheltering in camps or beside roads, which tend to be built above the land they pass through, a senior official in Assam’s disaster management authority said.

Floods have inundated three national parks in Assam including Kaziranga National Park, where two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned Rhinoceroses live. Some animals have been forced out of the park to nearby hills.

On the other hand, the rainfall received this year over all of India continues to be about 5.5% deficient, implying that there are parts of India which are significantly more deficient. It could well be that some parts of the country are approaching drought conditions, defined to be deficiency of more than 10%.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

September 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

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