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150,000 Still Stranded in Eastern Indian Floods


Disaster management officials in eastern India say a massive rescue operation is under way to reach about 150-thousand people marooned by the worst flooding in Bihar state in 50 years.

Many victims have been stranded on rooftops without food for days, following heavy rains and the breaching of the Kosi River's banks two weeks ago.

A state official (R.K. Singh) told VOA that about two-and-a-half million people have been affected by the floods. He said the government expects to have rescued the remaining stranded people by Wednesday at the latest.

Thousands of police and military personnel in naval boats have been pressed into search and rescue.

Indian authorities say more than 300-thousand people have been rescued in recent days. They are now in relief camps.

About 80 people have been confirmed dead, but that figure is expected to rise.

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