Floods and landslides in Indian states Assam and Sikkim 'kill 21'

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At least 21 people have been killed in flooding and landslides in the north-eastern Indian states of Sikkim and Assam, reports say.

In Sikkim, rescue workers recovered the bodies of 16 people, including members of the Indo-Tibetan border police. Five people are still missing.

Five people died in Assam. Reports say thousands may still be marooned there.

Rescue operations have been launched in both states to reach those stranded by the flooding or trapped in debris.

Helicopters have also been dropping food supplies to people left stranded by the floods.

Heavy rains have been battering both states since last week. At least 16 districts in Assam state flooded after the rains.

In July, floods in Assam killed more than 70 people and forced nearly one million people to leave their homes.

A state minister said it was the worst flooding in the state since 1998.

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