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Floods leave 1.5 million homeless in eastern India

Flooding triggered by monsoon rains in the past few days have left 1.5 million people homeless and damaged thousands of acres of paddy crop in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, officials said on Sunday.
More than 20,000 people were evacuated after hundreds of villages were cut off. Army troops were evacuating more villagers from coastal districts with the authorities braced for more rain.

Flood victims, with their houses submerged, are living in makeshift tents and surviving on dry food air-dropped by relief workers, witnesses said.

Hundreds of people are killed every year in south Asia during the June-September monsoon season and millions displaced from their homes or marooned in their villages.

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