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Death toll in north India's Bihar flood reaches 55

20:08 27/08/2008
NEW DELHI, August 27 (RIA Novosti) - The death toll caused by a flood triggered by heavy monsoon rains in north India's state of Bihar has reached 55 people, and over 120,000 have been forced to flee their homes, national television reported on Wednesday.

The floods have spread throughout the state's 14 districts and left more than one million people cut off from transport routes, as major roads are under water.

Over 400 villages have been flooded, and large areas of farmlands have been damaged since the Kosi River, nicknamed the "Sorrow of Bihar," burst its banks and changed course.

India's monsoon season, which usually occurs from early July to September, is vital for harvesting but regularly inflicts major destruction.

In early August floods swept along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in the south of the country, affecting around 50 neighborhoods in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, and killing over 70 people.

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20:08 27/08/2008 The death toll caused by a flood triggered by heavy monsoon rains in north India's state of Bihar has reached 55 people, and over 120,000 have been forced to flee their homes, national television reported on Wednesday. >>

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