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Rescue workers fend off flood

October 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Rescue workers used sandbags to stop a raging river from breaching its embankment near the southern Indian city of Vijayawada as floods triggered by heavy rains over the last week left 2.5 million people homeless.

The flooding, described by officials as the worst in many decades in south India, has killed about 250 people, mostly in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. At least 5 million people are crammed in government shelters.

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