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8/28/2008

Bihar floods: 47 die; thousands marooned

This is not normal annual flooding, but a catastrophe: Chief Minister
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PATNA:
Thousands of people were marooned in Bihar after the Kosi river breached its banks upstream in Nepal, flooding villages and towns in many areas across the state. The floods have claimed 47 lives so far. ( Watch )

Floodwaters entered new areas on Tuesday and have affected two million people so far in Supaul, Araria and Madhepura districts.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that a breach in the Kosi embankment near Kusaha in Nepal had forced the river to change its course, for the first time since the 1950s.
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