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7/10/2007

Indian floods death toll up, million-plus stranded

Photo: A taxi on a flooded road in Kolkata. The death toll from heavy rains in India has climbed to about 660 as a minster said more than a million people were stranded in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.(AFP/Deshakalyan Chowdhury)

July, 2007
KOLKATA, India (AFP) - The death toll from heavy rains in India has climbed to about 660 as a minster said more than a million people were stranded in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

"Heavy rains over the past two days have led to the swelling of the rivers in the districts. In many places, the rivers breached embankments and flooded the villagers," said Mortaza Hossain, relief minister in West Bengal.

By Sunday, the Indian army and airforce had managed to move around 30,000 of those made homeless by floods in West Bengal to government relief centres after thousands of mud huts were washed away.

Across India, hundreds of people have died in building collapses, lightning strikes and drownings since the start of the monsoons.
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