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Death toll from heavy flooding in India's northeast rises to 73

  • A boy carries a cot through flood waters at Krishnai village in Goalpara district of northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, Sept.24, 2014.Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain killed dozens of people in India's remote northeast. In Assam's worst-hit district of Goalpara, 90 villages have been submerged and more than 150,000 people have been asked to leave their homes for higher ground. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A boy carries a cot through flood waters at Krishnai village in Goalpara district of northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, Sept.24, 2014.Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain killed dozens of people in India's remote northeast. In Assam's worst-hit district of Goalpara, 90 villages have been submerged and more than 150,000 people have been asked to leave their homes for higher ground. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian villagers wrap on a boat the dead bodies of a woman and a child found in flood waters at Balbala village in Goalpara district of northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, Sept.24, 2014.Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain killed dozens of people in India's remote northeast. In Assam's worst-hit district of Goalpara, 90 villages have been submerged and more than 150,000 people have been asked to leave their homes for higher ground. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Indian villagers wrap on a boat the dead bodies of a woman and a child found in flood waters at Balbala village in Goalpara district of northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, Sept.24, 2014.Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain killed dozens of people in India's remote northeast. In Assam's worst-hit district of Goalpara, 90 villages have been submerged and more than 150,000 people have been asked to leave their homes for higher ground. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man looks a car that got washed away in the flash floods as it lies damaged in a paddy field in Krishnai village in Goalpara district of northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, Sept.24, 2014.Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain killed dozens of people in India's remote northeast. In Assam's worst-hit district of Goalpara, 90 villages have been submerged and more than 150,000 people have been asked to leave their homes for higher ground. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A man looks a car that got washed away in the flash floods as it lies damaged in a paddy field in Krishnai village in Goalpara district of northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, Sept.24, 2014.Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain killed dozens of people in India's remote northeast. In Assam's worst-hit district of Goalpara, 90 villages have been submerged and more than 150,000 people have been asked to leave their homes for higher ground. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

The death toll from flash floods and landslides in India's northeast rose to 73 on Wednesday as rescue workers reached homes cut off by the rising waters, officials said.

A senior government official in Meghalaya state, Barkos Warjri, said at least 35 bodies were recovered over the last two days and about 15 people were still missing. Police in neighboring Assam state said 38 people were killed there.

Hundreds of thousands of people in both states have been forced from their homes, officials said.

The area is prone to flooding during the June-to-September monsoon season. In June, at least 11 people were killed in heavy flooding in Assam's Gauhati city.