Sep 24, 9:25 AM EDT

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

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GAUHATI, India (AP) -- 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.

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