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Landslide kills at least 14 and leaves 30 missing, as heavy rains continue in India

A landslide occurred in northeast India after heavy rains for several weeks. It killed at least 14 people, and left more than 30 others unaccounted for.

Police, villagers, and emergency workers are trying to rescue the people who were buried beneath the debris in Noney state, Manipur.

N Biren Singh, the state chief minister, said that seven of the confirmed dead were members the volunteer Territorial Army. Five Indian Railway workers are also among those missing.

A railway was not built due to the landslip.

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The army was on the scene to provide security for railway officers due to insurgency.

This decades-old revolt is about the creation of an independent homeland for tribal and ethnic groups.

After mud and earth fell down a hillside at 2.am on Thursday, Army helicopters were placed on standby to aid rescue operations. However, the weather conditions were very difficult and more landslides hindered the rescue operation.

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Over the past three weeks, rain has been falling continuously, wreaking havoc in India‘s northeast. Home to 45 million people, it has been raining constantly.

The downriver of most of the rain, Bangladesh has been also badly affected.

Since 17 May, 42 Bangladeshis have died from the effects of the rain .

It is believed that millions of people were forced from their homes.

Although monsoon season usually occurs around this time, scientists believe that the annual rains arrived earlier this year. In fact, torrential rains were splattering northeastern India, Bangladesh, and other parts of the country as early as March.

Other places have experienced heavy monsoon downpours.

Image The monsoon rains are starting in New Delhi

Experts believe climate changes are at least partially responsible for the erratic and early rains.

Scientists predict that global temperatures will rise even more due to climate change. This means that the monsoon season, which normally falls throughout the year, will be shorter and more unpredictable.

Despite heavy rains in some areas, the latest data from the state-run meteor office revealed that India received 8% less rain than the average for June due to the lack of rainfall in the central part of the country.

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According to data from India Meteorological Department, Central India saw 54% less rainfall in May than the normal, prompting concerns for areas heavily planted with sugarcane, soybean, and cotton.

A heatwave in May caused India to cut its wheat yield forecasts, leading to the ban on exporting the staple. This led to a rise in food prices on global markets where prices were already rising due in part because of the Ukraine conflict.

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