A woman sits at her partially submerged shop in the flood affected area of Rangia, in India's Assam state on June 22, 2023. | Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly half a million people in northeast India have been affected by severe flooding after heavy rains battered the region, turning roads into rivers and submerging entire villages.

More than 495,000 people spread across 22 districts in the state of Assam have been impacted by floodwaters, its disaster management authority said in a statement Thursday.

About 14,000 people were evacuated to relief camps after torrential rainfall swept across the region, resulting in the river Beki, which flows through Assam, to overflow. At least one person has died, according to state authorities.

Men trying to cross the flooded street in Nalbari district of Assam India on Tuesday June 21, 2023. | Dasarath Deka/ZUMA Press/Alamy/AP

Video broadcast on local television shows villagers wading neck-deep through the muddy water with their cattle, and homes, shops and cars submerged in the floods.

Assam, a state of more than 31 million people, experiences heavy rain and flooding during India’s unrelenting monsoon season which can last from April to September.

Last year, at least 10 people died after heavy floods and landslides swept across the state.

This year’s flooding comes one week after tropical cyclone Biparjoy hit India’s west coast, ripping trees and toppling electricity poles.

A man carries belongings from his partially submerged house in the flood affected Dhamdhama village of Nalbari district, in India's Assam state on June 22, 2023. | Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images

At the same time, parts of northern India are experiencing an unrelenting heat wave as temperatures continue to soar in two of the country’s most populous states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Dozens of people have died across the states, which saw temperatures reach 47 degrees Celsius (116 Fahrenheit) over the weekend.

The high temperatures are expected to persist through next week, prompting health authorities to issue multiple warnings and formulate a plan to mitigate the risks that come from heat-related health issues.

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