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In India, a River Is Dissolving an Island

Brahmaputra's rising waters eroding one of world's largest inland islands

(Newser) - In Assam, India, an island is dissolving like a cube of sugar in a cup of the tea for which the region is famous, and a river is to blame. The New York Times reports on the fate of Majuli, one of the world’s largest "inland islands,"... More »

Fearful Texts Help Spread Ethnic Chaos in India

Hundreds of thousands are on the move amid threats of violence

(Newser) - India is in the midst of ethnic unrest so volatile that it's challenging the nation's very "ideals of tolerance and diversity," in the words of the New York Times . The prime minister agrees: “What is at stake is the unity and integrity of our country,... More »

Monsoon Floods Sweep Away Entire Indian Villages

81 dead, 2M displaced in country's northeast

(Newser) - The worst monsoon floods in a decade to hit a remote northeastern Indian state have killed more than 80 people and forced around 2 million to leave their homes, officials say. Nearly half a million people are living in relief camps that have been set up across Assam state, Prime... More »

Blasts Kill at Least 48 in India

coordinated blasts rip through Northeast

(Newser) - A series of coordinated blasts tore through India's volatile northeast today, killing at least 48 people, wounding more than 300 and setting police on a frantic search for any unexploded bombs, officials said.The largest bomb exploded near the office of the Assam state's top official, leaving bodies and mangled... More »

India Train Bomb Kills 5

Adivasi militants claim responsibility

(Newser) - At least five passengers were killed early today when a bomb exploded beneath a packed passenger train in trouble-wracked northeast India, AP reports. The bomb tore through the luggage car of the Rajdhani Express traveling to New Delhi from Assam state.  A little known militant group claimed responsibility for... More »

Rivers Recede in Flooded South Asia

Helicopters continue food drops as death tolls climb in India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - Millions in South Asia experienced relief today as the rains relented and rivers in flooded regions started receding. The death toll stands at 169 in India and 120 in Bangladesh, where 200,000 started returning to their homes in the northeastern state of Assam. Some 14 million are displaced in... More »

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