Last week’s torrential rainfall in northeast India has caused flooding and landslides in the mountainous state of Sikkim, killing 33 people and displacing over a million. The national crisis response team is now relocating people in affected areas to higher ground by boats and helicopters, where they will be housed in 100 emergency shelters.
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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.