Constant torrential rains and flooding have created havoc in West Bengal.
Weather officials said the rains had been triggered by a low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal. At least two rivers in southern Sunderbans region had breached their banks, flooding 60 villages, officials said, and large areas of the paddy-growing state are submerged by muddy flood waters.
Many people had been killed by collapsed walls in houses and electrocution. Situation is grim in both East and West Midnapore districts.
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