India PM tours areas hit by floods, slides

July 2, 2012 at 8:46 AM

NEW DELHI, July 2 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh traveled Monday to flood- and landslide-ravaged areas where at least 77 people died, officials said.

The government said 2,166 villages were affected.

An official said 61 people died in floods,16 in landslides and six others were unaccounted-for in the northeastern state of Assam, the Press Trust of India reported.

The Brahmaputra and Kapili rivers remained at dangerously high levels in several areas, authorities warned.

Singh announced a compensation plan for relatives of people who were killed and directed the Defense Ministry to provide assistance in rescue and relief operations, the report said.

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