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In pictures: Bihar flood relief

A group of flood-affected wait for rescue in the Madhepura district.

Several days after floods hit the Indian state of Bihar, tens of thousands still await rescue. In this picture, a group of flood-affected wait for rescue in Madhepura district.

A man displaced by floods is winched to safety by an Indian air force helicopter in Chakramibasa village in Madhepura district.

A man displaced by floods is winched to safety by an Indian air force helicopter in Chakramibasa village in Madhepura district.

Villagers wade through water in Laxmipur

Aid workers say efforts to rescue tens of thousands of villagers in areas still cut off by the monsoon-swollen Kosi river have entered a critical stage.

Those who have been rescue consider themselves lucky. In the worst-affected areas, food is running out and people are having to drink muddy waters.

Those who have been rescued consider themselves lucky. In the worst-affected areas, food is running out and people are having to drink muddy waters.

Flood-affected villagers walk through a makeshift relief camp in Banmankhi, some 400kms north-east of capital Patna.

Over 600,000 people have been evacuated from the flooded areas and most of them have been accommodated in temporary relief centres.

Flood affected children eat food provided by local people in Madhepura district

Flood affected children eat food provided by local people in Madhepura district. Government and aid agencies have started a massive relief operation.

A villager carries a goat as he wades through flood waters in Laxmipur district

A villager carries a goat as he wades through flood waters in Laxmipur district. Many people say they have lost everything they had accumulated over the years.

An old man gestures to an air force helicopter flying overhead in Madhepura district

An old man gestures to an air force helicopter flying overhead for help in Madhepura district. Some people are refusing to move out because they are afraid their homes will be looted.

Workers load relief material onto an Indian air force chopper for distribution in flood-hit areas in Purnea district.

Indian air force helicopters have been busy distributing relief aid in flood-hit areas in Purnea district.

People displaced by floods scramble for relief material dropped on the road by an air force helicopter during rescue operations in Madhepura district

People displaced by floods scramble for relief material dropped on the road by an air force helicopter during rescue operations in Madhepura district.



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