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Death toll hits 79 in Indian floods
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Bhubaneswar, India (AFP) Sept 28, 2011

The death toll from severe flooding in the eastern Indian state of Orissa has risen to 79 with an estimated five million people affected, local officials said on Wednesday.

Two bouts of extremely heavy rain this month have led rivers to burst their banks, submerging thousands of villages and leading to a relief effort from local and international aid agencies.

"At least 79 people are confirmed dead from the two phases of heavy flooding. Im afraid the toll might go up," Orissa Disaster Management Minister Surya Naayan Patra told AFP.

"We now have close to five million flood-affected people spread across 19 of states 30 districts needing relief and rehabilitation. The government is trying its best," he added.

Over 170,000 people living in low-lying areas in the worst-affected areas near the coast have been evacuated, but 3,460 villages remain water-logged, he said.

The weather has improved in recent days as India approaches the end of its rainy season and the flood waters are starting to recede.

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Bhubaneswar, India (AFP) Sept 26, 2011
Sixty people have died and four million have been affected by flooding in eastern India that has led to a major relief effort from local and international aid agencies, officials said Monday. "It's tough to cope with two successive floods within a week," Disaster Management Minister Surya Patra from the state of Orissa told AFP following separate bouts of heavy rains that led rivers to break ... read more

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