81 dead so far from flooding in N India

The death toll from the monsoon floods and landslides that have hit the northern India state of Assam has risen to 81.
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Monday that torrential rains and massive floods also forced around two million people to flee their residential units in the remote state over the past four days.

He added that about 500,000 of the displaced had been stationed in relief camps across the state, while the rest are living with relatives or sheltering under tarpaulin sheets.

Military helicopters have been distributing food packets and drinking water among flood-hit people, Singh said after surveying the marooned districts.

The state disaster management agency said that at least 11 people had also gone missing amid the flooding in six districts.

The year’s flooding in Assam has marked the worst to hit the state of 26-million population so far.

The prime minister has announced a compensation plan for the families of the deceased.