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9/10/2007

NEW Floods Leave Millions Homeless in South Asia

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South Asia

"This is the worst flood we have ever experienced. The damage caused is unbelievable,"
said Bhumidhar Burman, Assam's relief and rehabilitation minister.

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - About 2.5 million people have been made homeless in Assam after a second wave of flooding caused by heavy rains over the past three days, an official said on Monday.

The flooding has affected about seven million people and killed 12 since Friday and has washed away thousands of homes, bridges, electricity poles and telecommunications towers - disrupting power and phone networks in many areas.

"Right now we are concentrating on rescue operations and the army has been called to help us ... people will find no respite until the rains stop."

Since the annual monsoon rains began in June, about 50 people have been killed in Assam and more than 12 million people affected, including in the latest wave of flooding.

The second spell of flooding in less than a month has also spread across parts of Bangladesh, killing seven people, forcing half a million from their homes and leaving thousands stranded.

Photo: A father and child travel on a boat in the flooded Kokormara village, about 55 km west of Guwahati, September 9, 2007.
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