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Thursday, 5 September, 2002, 05:01 GMT 06:01 UK
Floods chaos hits two Indian states
Officials in northwestern India say at least 16 people have been killed and around four thousand left homeless after flash floods hit two states.

It's the first serious flooding of the monsoon season in a region which until recently had been suffering from the effects of drought.

Among the dead were four family members who were crushed under a wall that collapsed in the Bharuch district, 150 kilometres south of Gujarat state's commercial capital, Ahmedabad.

Five women died in a village nearby when a truck they were travelling in, overturned on a flooded road.

The authorities have now evacuated more than 2,000 people living in low-lying areas of Bharuch.

In the adjoining state of Maharashtra, the heavy rain has caused large-scale damage to houses and crops. Meteorologists say more heavy rain is expected in the area in the next 24 hours.

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