West News Wire: Floods and mudslides prompted by torrential rains in India’s remote northeast region have killed at least 11 people, officials said Tuesday.

Floods forced the closure of several railway stations, according to Nazreen Ahmed, a top official in Assam’s Dima Hasao district. Nearly 200,000 residents in the district were shut off from the rest of the state, she claimed, as landslides blocked or swept away roads and bridges.

The army sent helicopters to assist with the rescue mission.

Officials said four people were killed Monday following heavy rain and mudslides in the region’s frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh. Two others died when their houses on a small hillock collapsed in the state’s capital, Itanagar, and two road construction workers were killed by mudslides at another location.

Seven other people were reported killed in neighboring Assam. The state’s disaster management agency said nearly 700 villages were underwater.

The Indian Meteorological Department forecast very heavy to extremely heavy rain in the region for the next four days.

Landslides and floods are common in India’s Himalayan north. Scientists say they are becoming more frequent as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.

In 2020, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away houses in Uttarakhand state. In 2013, thousands of people were killed in floods there.

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