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    Villagers use a boat to cross a flooded road at Asigarh village in Morigaon district in the northeastern state of Assam, India, July 4, 2017

    Indian Space Agency Studies Flood Damage After Dozens Die in Northeast India

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    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun assessing the damage caused by intense flooding in the northeast part of the country.

    Eighty-five people have died and more than 2 million people affected in the ‘unprecedented’ flood which has continued for the last three weeks. Drownings, electrocutions and mudslides are said to be the reason for the heavy loss of life.

    Indian government is currently attempting to restore communication lines in the region amid concerns that the disaster may also lead to epidemics.

    "The damage caused by the rainfall is unprecedented and a total of 58 districts have been affected due to floods/landslides in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur," Jitendra Singh, India’s Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) said after chairing a review meeting on Thursday to assess the situation.

    ​Furthermore, the government tasked experts from Indian space agency, ISRO to help assess the damage caused by this cataclysm.

    The flooding has also inundated the Kaziranga National Park, home to the world's largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceros.

    ​The park authorities are currently engaged in an effort to protect the animals from this disaster.

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