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20 dead in fresh India landslide
« on: August 03, 2015, 06:56:46 AM »

Rescuers were searching on Sunday for 20 villagers feared killed in a landslide in remote northeast India, as the death toll from recent floods elsewhere in the country topped 100, officials said.

A side of a hill collapsed on Saturday onto a village in Manipur state close to the border with Myanmar where monsoon downpours there have also triggered landslides and flooding.

Local magistrate Memi Mary said rescuers reached the crushed village after being flown by helicopter and then trekking as blocked roads hampered access to the site, around 80km from state capital Imphal.

"So far we have reports of 20 people killed when a hillock caved and trapped the villagers," the magistrate told AFP by telephone from the nearby town of Chandel.

Photos showed a bridge washed away by floodwaters in Manipur after days of torrential rain, while TV stations showed footage of a house collapsing and families sleeping in make-shift evacuation centres.

In West Bengal, around 42 people have been killed in the last week from floods, while some 250 000 homes have been destroyed, state disaster management minister Javed Ahmad Khan said.

"The situation is going to worsen. All rivers are flowing above their danger marks," Khan told AFP.

Flooding in West Bengal has spiked in recent days after the remnants of Cyclone Komen swept across the state from the Bay of Bengal.

The national government said late on Sunday that rescue operations were underway in the northern state of Rajasthan where 28 people have died since the monsoon started in June, and about half of those in recent days.

"So far 630 peoples have been rescued from various districts in Rajasthan," the home ministry said in a statement.

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