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Tens of Thousands Stranded By India Floodwaters

September 27, 2011

The Associated Press

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BHUBANESHWAR, India - Tens of thousands of people have been stranded and at least 20 have been killed since last week by surging floodwaters in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

The floods caused by heavy rains have inundated more than 3,000 villages that are home to more than 2 million people.

Orissa relief commissioner P.K. Mohapatra says five people were missing Tuesday in addition to the 20 killed since Friday.

More than 120,000 people have been evacuated but tens of thousands are still marooned. Air force helicopters are dropping food parcels, and more than 370 boats are shuttling the stranded to safety.

More than 70 people have died in Orissa since the monsoons began in August. Flooding also killed at least 31 over the weekend in northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story image: Villagers wade through floodwaters in Sathipur village, about 125 kilometers from the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneshwar, India. AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout.

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