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Photo: A boy rows other children to safety near a relief camp in Mati Parbat, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007. Torrents of water washed away homes, crops and cows, leaving hungry and frightened villagers perched in treetops or on roofs as the death toll rose to at least 186 and 19 million driven from their homes in recent days from monsoon rains across northern India and Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
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BARABANKI, India - Torrential rains overnight compounded the misery of 2 million marooned Indian villagers, killing another 11 people and raising the death toll from house collapses and floods in South Asia to 240, officials said Sunday.

At least 240 people have been killed in India and neighboring Bangladesh, and 19 million driven from their homes in recent days. The South Asian monsoon season runs from June to September as the rains work their way across the subcontinent, a deluge that scatters floods and landslides across the region and kills hundreds of people every year.

So far this year, some 14 million people in India and 5 million in Bangladesh have been displaced by flooding, according to government figures.
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