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More Than 1,800 Dead in Monsoons

August 05, 2004|From Associated Press

NEW DELHI — The death toll across South Asia from six weeks of monsoons reached 1,823 on Wednesday, according to figures compiled by Associated Press, as scores more people were reported killed in India.

More than 1,000 deaths have occurred in India, including nearly 130 in the last three days in remote areas of western Gujarat state, said state spokesman I.K. Jadeja. Among those killed in Gujarat were 17 people who died when rains smashed homes.

On Tuesday, mudslides surged into an underground tunnel of the Tehri Dam power project, killing 30 workers and injuring 10, said N.S. Napalchyl, the principal disaster management secretary in Uttaranchal state, about 185 miles northeast of New Delhi.

In Bangladesh, a boat carrying 10 villagers across a lake in a storm overturned Wednesday, drowning a 3-year-old girl and a 70-year-old man, an official in Moulvibazar district said.

U.N. agencies were meeting with foreign donors and government officials in Bangladesh on Wednesday to assess the damage.

Nearly two-thirds of Bangladesh is submerged in the flooding, and 638 people have died. The government says 20 million people will need food aid over the next five months.

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