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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 September 2005, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Fears grow for Bangladesh boats
Indian villagers wade through floodwaters in Andhra Pradesh
At least 58 people have died in the storms in Andhra Pradesh
Hundreds of Bangladeshi fishermen in the Bay of Bengal are still missing after heavy storms hit the region.

Meanwhile, Indian fishermen from the eastern state of Orissa rescued 13 Bangladeshis who they found floating on slabs of wood, police said.

And a fresh alert has been sounded in parts of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh after heavy rains in neighbouring Maharashtra state.

As many as 150,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps in the state.

Bangladeshi fishing trawlers with fishermen on board are returning to shore, after the weekend storms.

While returning to shore I saw several wrecked boats and bodies floating on the rough sea
Survivor Idris Ali
But a spokesman for the Fishing Boats Owners' Association, Golam Mostafa Chowdhury, said they have no news of around 90 boats containing several hundred fishermen.

One fishermen who survived the storm, Idris Ali, told a grim story when he returned to shore in the Barguna district of Bangladesh .

"I was lucky to come back," he told reporters.

"While returning to shore I saw several wrecked boats and bodies floating on the rough sea."

Fresh warning

The flood situation in low-lying areas of Andhra Pradesh such as Khammam and East Godavari is easing.

But there are fresh warnings about a risk of flooding from a major river - the Godavari - after heavy rains in neighbouring Maharashtra state.

Hundreds of villages in Andhra Pradesh are still water-logged.

And more than 150,000 people are still sheltering in 465 relief camps in the state.


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SEE ALSO:
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Deadly tornadoes hit Bangladesh
07 Oct 04 |  South Asia
Epic shipwreck's survivors return
21 Jan 04 |  South Asia
Bangladesh fishermen missing in storm
28 Jul 03 |  South Asia
Scores missing in Bay of Bengal
14 Nov 02 |  South Asia
Orissa 'condemned to flooding'
10 Aug 01 |  South Asia


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