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Nine more died in Northeast floods, toll increased to 71

Silchar/Guwahati: The death toll in the northeast floods rose to 71 on Sunday, with nine more deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Four people have also gone missing. "Three people died in landslides, while six deaths were due to floods," an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official said.
The number of flood-hit people in the state went up from about 30 lakh on Saturday to 42 lakh by Sunday evening, the ASDM's latest bulletin said. It said that 5,137 villages across the state's 33 districts have been affected. Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 12.76 lakh people marooned.
Two Class X students are feared to have been swept away at Rangia in lower Assam's Kamrup district on Sunday when they want to take a dip in a flooded low-lying area. The duo remained untraceable until late evening.
In another incident, three more people, including a woman, were killed in a landslide at the Borakhai Tea Estate in the Cachar district, as extremely heavy rain lashed the region triggering the second wave of floods of the season in Barak Valley.
In Arunachal Pradesh, a 16-year-old promising boxer was killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rain near the capital, Itanagar. He was on his way to participate in a boxing selection trial in Itanagar when the incident took place at Sood village. Four people crossing the Brahmaputra in a boat went missing after the single-engine vessel capsized in the swelling river in the Rohmoria area of Dibrugarh district. The incident took place around 10 am when the boat with nine people on board, including the boatman and his helper, was going 7km away to Balijan ghat from Polobhonga Chapori, a remote sandbar located in the middle of the Brahmaputra.
A police officer said a house came crumbling down under the weight of a hillock in Cachar when the family members were fast asleep. The SDRF, which rushed to the spot, exhumed two bodies from the debris. The victims were identified as Shampa Ree, 18, and her father-in-law, Shibu Ree,50.
According to the flood advisory of the Central Water Commission, the Kopili, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra, is flowing in the "extreme flood stage" at Kampur in Nagaon district of central Assam.

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