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Monsoon floods hit north India, 1,500 villages under water

Published on Aug 17, 2014 7:03 PM
 
An Indian villager pushes his bicycle along a submerged road in the flood affected village of Ashigarh, some 70km from Guwahati on Aug 16, 2014. Floods triggered by heavy rains have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in northern India, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday, as forecasts for more rain prompted fresh flood warnings. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Floods triggered by heavy rains in the Himalayas have inundated nearly 1,500 villages in northern India, killing at least 28 people and leaving thousands homeless, officials said on Sunday.

Thousands were marooned in villages across nine districts of Uttar Pradesh state, where the release of water from overflowing dams in neighbouring Nepal has added to the impact of the downpours.

A lack of rain earlier in the June-September monsoon season had led to fears of drought, but this month all that has changed.

The latest heavy rains have caused landslides and floods in many parts of India and Nepal, where at least 90 people have been killed since Thursday.

 
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