Flooding in India displaces more than two million

Flooding in India displaces more than two million

Flooding in India displaces more than two million

Updated 3 July 2012, 15:10 AEST

Indian officials says at least 79 people have been killed and more than two million people have been displaced by floods and landslides in the north eastern state of Assam.

Assam has been battered by heavy monsoonal rains and widespread flooding.

The Brahmaputra river and many of its tributaries have breached their banks after downpours, washing away thousands of homes mostly made of bamboo and straw, as well as roads, bridges and power lines.

Millions have been left homeless in the worst flooding in a decade.

The state government is providing makeshift housing to half a million people.

Authorities have given shelter, food and medicines to thousands of homeless people, and deployed mobile medical teams to prevent the outbreak of disease.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has visited the worst affected areas and promised the full support of the military in relief operations.

He has described the floods as one of the worst such disasters to strike recently.

Neighbouring Bangladesh has also suffered flooding over the past two weeks, although waters are now receding across the region.