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7/03/2007

Savage monsoon rains kill 61 across India

Breaking Earth News
India

The death toll from rains battering India rose to 61 as the downpour flooded states amid forecasts that the savage monsoon was likely to gain fury this week, officials said Tuesday.
Seventeen more deaths reported from Gujarat and West Bengal took to 294 the number of people killed in rain-related accidents so far this year, they said.
Gujarat relief officials said 28 people were either washed away, killed by lightning or buried in their collapsed homes during the past three days of non-stop rains in the western state.
More than 7,000 people have been evacuated from Gujarat's coastal districts as the rains worsened, and 22 children had to be rescued from their flood-swamped school bus.
Districts such as Amreli, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar and Junagadh faced the brunt of the downpour, relief department spokesman said and warned several regional reservoirs were brimming over danger levels.
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