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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2005, 12:15 GMT 13:15 UK
Over 1,000 die in Indian floods
Flooded agricultural land outside Mumbai

The death toll from last week's floods in India's western state of Maharashtra has risen to 1,023 people.

Many people remain missing after 10 days of record rainfall, making it likely that the death toll will rise.

Relief work has been stepped up across the state. Air and road services have been restored.

But millions of people, particularly in rural areas, still lack basic amenities and an overflowing dam poses a new flood threat in Mumbai (Bombay).

In Mumbai the rains have eased and city officials claim that life in the city is returning to normal.

"It [Mumbai] has got back to the state it was before the rains," Mumbai police commissioner AN Roy told the AFP news agency.

"There are maybe [a] few complaints here and there. We are prepared to handle them," he said.

Challenges ahead

Queue for food in Mumbai
Some complain that aid has been slow to reach outlying areas
The situation in many areas outside Mumbai, however, remains far from normal.

"What we have now is what's left on our bodies," one villager told the BBC's Zubair Ahmed in Diva village, 70km from Mumbai.

In this village, 22 people died in the floods but the 10,000 survivors have lost their houses and paddy fields - their main source of income.

Naval rescue and relief teams have been dispatched to southern and south-western regions of Maharashtra.

More than 20 million people have been affected by the floods across the state and many remain in need of basic help.

Meanwhile, there are fears that diseases could spread in the flooded areas.

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