New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least 20 people have died while several others have been injured in a landslide in South Assam on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI. The landslide hit Barrack valley in the southern region of Assam. The region has been experiencing heavy rains over the last few days. Rescue teams have been rushed to the site to save lives. Among those who died, seven of them hail from Cachar district and six others from Karimganj district, reported ANI. 

Seven others also died in Hailakandi district, reported NDTV. Among those who died, six of them were from the same family including four children.

In a tweet post, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "Deeply anguished at the loss of lives due to landslides triggered by incessant rain in Barak valley. I have directed Cachar, Hailakandi & Karimganj district administrations and SDRF to step up rescue, relief operations and facilitate all possible help needed to those affected."

The locals have been shifted to a safer place. 

The state has been struggling with massive floods. At least 3.72 lakh people have been affected. The worst affected districts are Goalpara, Nagaon and Hojai. 

Assam State Disaster Management has reportedly said that at least six people have died in floods and 348 villages are under water. 

The floods have caused extensive damage to crops, over 27,000 hectares of land have been submerged. The natural disaster has also destroyed bridges and roads. 

The northeastern state has been already affected by coronavirus. As per the latest data from the Union Health Ministry, 1390 people have affected due to the pandemic, while four people have succumbed to the infection. 277 patients have been cured and discharged. 

Posted By: James Kuanal