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Storm kills 45, floods villages in India

Photo: Children play football on a waterlogged street in Mumbai June 24, 2007. In India's financial capital, Mumbai, heavy monsoon rains flooded homes and streets where a century-old British-built drainage system failed to cope with the storm water.At least one person was killed when a wall collapsed. People waded through water in low-lying neighbourhoods. Media reports said about 50 people had died in the rains in the western state of Maharashtra -- of which Mumbai is the capital -- over the past three days. REUTERS/ARKO DATTA

HYDERABAD, India, June 23 (Reuters) - A ferocious storm in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state has killed at least 45 people and displaced tens of thousands, officials said on Saturday, sparking a major relief operation.
"We have opened up 95 relief camps ... for 56,000 displaced people and also brought in 200 medical teams to contain the spread of water-related diseases," said Preeti Sudan, the state's disaster management commissioner.
At least 45 people were reported dead and officials said many others, including fishermen out at sea, were missing after the tropical storm hit coastal regions of the state on Friday.
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