World Bulletin / News Desk
Floods and landslides caused by relentless rain in northeast India have killed at least 33 people and displaced more than a million over the past week, officials said on Monday.
At least 21 people were killed in landslides and another eight were missing in the mountainous state of Sikkim, said state government spokesman A.S. Tobgay.
In Assam, still recovering from deadly floods that hit the tea-growing state in July, eight people were killed and 20 were missing, police said.
Floods displaced nearly one million in that state alone, and many were now sheltering in camps or beside roads, which tend to be built above the land they pass through, a senior official in Assam's disaster management authority said.
Four people were buried and killed in mudslides in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, police said.
The military and federal disaster response teams have launched operations to move people to higher ground by helicopter or in rubber boats. Nearly 100 shelters have been opened to accommodate the displaced.
In July, at least 110 people were killed and more than 400,000 people were left homeless in Assam during floods which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said were among the worst in recent times.
Over the past 60 years, successive governments have built levees along most of the Brahmaputra, which is Assam's main river and is fed by Himalayan snow melt and some of the world's heaviest rainfall.
But experts say the embankments are not only poorly maintained but are a discredited form of flood management.
Floods have inundated three national parks in Assam including Kaziranga National Park, where two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses live. Some animals have been forced out of the park to nearby hills.
The families of two 2 Malaysians who were kidnapped, have called their families and to make demand money for food, diabetes medicine for victims.
The bodies of all 16 people trapped in a building that collapsed in south China have all been found.
A school bus crash in south China has killed two children, and injured 21.
A nationality row has sparked a row after a Kashmiri leader refused to identify himself as Indian. Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani must declare he is Indian to receive passport.
The UN envoy has called for transparent and accountability on draft law which NGOs say might stifle freedom of expression and association.
The Thai junta have arrested opposition activists on the anniversary of the coup last year. For the Thai people, criticizing the regime is out of the question: any political gathering of more than five people could lead to imprisonment.
Unofficial armed groups are being recruited by NATO and the Afghan government in Kunduz.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram is set to return as chief minister to Tamil Nadu after she was acquitted by the Karnatka High Court this month
The western Myanmar state of Rakhine said the boat was from Thailand and the plan was to send the migrants back.
The orphaned girls of Kashmir's Gulshan-e-Banaat receive support and education but are anxious about future.
China has labelled US overflight actions as irresponsible and dangerous, after it was ordered a number of times to "go away".
US President Barack Obama has announced his decision to upgrade Tunisa's NATO status.
The AIIB Bank set up by China is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
The Turkish government has sent Turkish military ships to reach the Rohingya Muslims stranded off Thailand and Malaysia
Afghan president announces defense minister nomination after months of debate and delay
PM presents plan to become developed country with per capita income of $15,000, and middle class population of 45 percent.