Floods in India force a million from their homes

Heavy flooding has forced more than a million people to flee their homes in the northeast Indian state of Assam, authorities said on Monday (June 29).

The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world, burst its banks in Assam over the weekend, inundating more than 2,000 villages.

India's water resources body said water levels in the Brahmaputra were expected to rise, with more rain forecast in the coming days.

This villager says, "our houses have been submerged in water since Sunday".

Assam, which is famous for its tea plantations, is hit by seasonal flooding each year, forcing state and federal governments to spend millions of rupees on flood control.

Paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the state for rescue operations.