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Sunday, 31 July 2016 - 10:03
At least 52 dead, millions affected as floods hit India
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At least 52 people have been killed and tens of thousands evacuated as floods driven by torrential monsoon rains ravaged India's eastern states, according to officials and news reports.

Federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who toured the worst-hit areas in the north-eastern state of Assam, said on Saturday that 26 rain-related deaths had been reported over the past week.

"The situation is grim. No efforts are being spared to help people, but we need an action plan to deal with such a serious flood situation," Singh told reporters in the state capital of Guwahati.

State disaster management authorities said an estimated two million people had been affected, including being displaced, stranded in their homes, or suffering damage to their crops, land or livelihood.

Soldiers were rescuing villagers from low-lying and inundated areas.

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