Indian floods leave thousands homeless

Early monsoon rains have devastated India's northeast, killing at least 30 people and making hundreds of thousands homeless, Reuters reported officials as saying.

Around 300,000 people were homeless in the remote northeastern state
of Assam, the report said, after 500 villages were left waist-deep in
water. The monsoon arrived at least two weeks early in northern India
this year.

The Indian authorities have established temporary shelters for the
homeless, but some were critical of the government response.

"Every year people have to suffer and the government wakes up only
when there is flooding," Ramesh Pegu, a student leader, was quoted as
saying. "There is no long-term rescue and rehabilitation plan for the
affected people."

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