Asia

Northeast India rains kill 7, force 1.2 million from homes

  • Mothers walk with their children wearing raincoats as they cross a flooded road in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The monsoon rains usually hit India from June to September. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Mothers walk with their children wearing raincoats as they cross a flooded road in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The monsoon rains usually hit India from June to September. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)  (The Associated Press)

  • A child plays in the rain in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The monsoon rains usually hit India from June to September. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    A child plays in the rain in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The monsoon rains usually hit India from June to September. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Children return from school wearing colorful raincoats in the rain in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The monsoon rains usually arrive in India from June to September. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Children return from school wearing colorful raincoats in the rain in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. The monsoon rains usually arrive in India from June to September. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)  (The Associated Press)

Heavy rains and floods have killed at least seven people and forced around 1.2 million to leave their water-logged homes in India's northeastern state of Assam.

Army soldiers on Tuesday used boats to rescue thousands of people stranded on the roofs of their homes and moved them to safer areas after incessant rain over the past few days caused widespread flooding in Assam.

State officials said vast tracts of Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, and another wildlife reserve were under water.

The Brahmaputra River and its tributaries were overflowing their banks in 18 of the state's districts, washing away roads and highways and toppling power pylons.

Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam and many parts of India during the June-September monsoon season.