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27 die, nearly three million hit by floods in eastern India

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This skinny cow was trying to find a bit of shelter from today's rain storms, July 29

July 28, 2007
GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - At least 27 people have died and nearly three million hit by floods triggered by torrential monsoon rains in eastern India, officials said Saturday.

Fourteen people were swept away in swirling floods in eastern Bihar state that wreaked havoc with most rivers running in spate, officials said.

Two million people were hit by the floods which inundated homes and farms in 11 districts of Bihar, India's second most populous state, they said.

Landslips and flash-floods killed 13 more people in Assam and Meghalaya and displaced around 750,000 people in the two adjoining states, prompting authorities to send an appeal for help to military units, officials said.

The overnight deaths took the rain- and flood-related national toll to almost 800 since the onset of monsoon in India in June from a tally compiled from local officials and media reports.
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