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Friday, July 10, 1998 Published at 09:02 GMT 10:02 UK

World: South Asia

Flash floods leave one million homeless

Heavy rains flooded streets and homes in north-eastern India

Officials in India's north-eastern state of Assam say more than one million people have lost their homes following flash floods caused by heavy rain.

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The worst affected area was the Nalbari district, where the river Pagladia has breached its banks in several places, submerging 240 villages and cutting off others.

The situation in Barpeta district is described as almost as bad.

A BBC correspondent in Assam says the floods washed away several villages before officials undertook relief and flood control measures.

There is no indication of casualties.

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