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13 million stranded by floods in India, Bangladesh

Photo: Bangladeshi flood victims. Nearly 13.5 million people have been marooned or displaced by floods in India and Bangladesh.(AFP/File/Adi Shah)

GUWAHATI, India
(AFP) - Nearly 13.5 million people have been marooned or displaced by floods in India and Bangladesh, officials said.

The flooding in South Asia caused by the June-to-September monsoon has been described as the worst in decades, with more than 2,200 people killed by floods and rains in India since it started.

In neighbouring Bangladesh, the number of people killed by flooding topped 1,000 on Saturday, the government said.

Monsoon-swollen rivers have burst their banks, submerging thousands of villages across more than a third of the impoverished country, the Bangladesh flood centre said.

The floods have hit about 10,000 villages in India's northeastern Assam state, where three people died in landslides triggered by pounding rains, taking the death toll since July in the region to 77.

"The overall situation is still grim with an estimated 11 million people displaced by floods since July," state rehabilitation minister Bhumidhar Barman told AFP.


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