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8 More Dead as India's Assam State Reels Under Floods

People wade through flood waters in India's Assam state on June 19.
People wade through flood waters in India's Assam state on June 19.

Photographer: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images

Gauhati, India (AP) -- Massive flooding and mudslides in northeastern India's Assam state have claimed eight more lives, officials said Sunday, taking the death toll to 62 from weeks of heavy rains that caused one of Asia’s largest rivers to overflow.

Assam's disaster management agency said 32 of the state's 35 districts were underwater as the swollen Brahmaputra River broke its banks, displacing more than 3 million people. The Indian army was called in for rescue efforts and the air force remained on standby.