00:25 GMT05 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s northeastern state of Assam has been hit by floods for nearly two weeks. 76 people have died and 2.2 million were affected in the state by flooding this year, which has resulted in landslides. National and state rescue teams have been pressed into service to save people marooned by the floodwaters.

    A legislator from the state of Assam in northeastern India has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide relief to flood victims and livestock in his constituency – Khumtai. Mrinal Saikia (in a white T-shirt) wades through flood waters to reach out to people and rescue his constituents. His supporters have also set up a community kitchen to feed those in relief camps.

    ​Saikia said livestock are important for the village economy in his constituency and expressed his satisfaction at having saved hundreds of stranded goats from many places.

    “This year, the flood has created havoc in my constituency, Khumtai, so we have to step up efforts. There is no other alternative,” said the unassuming legislator as he set out for another rescue mission.

    ​The current wave of flooding has affected 27 of the state's 33 districts. In Kaziranga National Park, world famous for its single-horn Rhinos, 39 animals have died in the floods. Assam State Disaster Management Authority officials said the situation could improve from Tuesday, as the intensity of rainfall has subsided.


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