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The BBC's Mike Wooldridge
"More rain forecast over the next 48 hours"
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The BBC's Omar Farooq reports from Hyderabad
"There is a first glimmer of hope today"
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Wednesday, 30 August, 2000, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Fresh India flood threat
Damaged home in Hyderabad
Homes were badly damaged in the deluge
The Indian army and navy are on high alert because of a new threat of flooding in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The state is still recovering from monsoon floods which claimed more than 160 lives.

The deluge in south India followed heavy floods in north-east India and neighbouring Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.


More than 300 people were killed and millions left homeless in that region.

The authorities in Andhra Pradesh say the new concern is over the rising level of the Godavari river, with more rain forecast for the next couple of days.

The Godavari is a major river which cuts across the state and flows into the Bay of Bengal.

More than 20,000 people have already been evacuated from low-lying areas along the river and a bridge across a major highway has been washed away.

Families evacuating
Thousands have left for higher ground
The BBC's South Asia correspondent, Mike Wooldridge, says helicopters are on standby for possible emergency rescue operations.

The floods in Andhra Pradesh have also hit the state capital Hyderabad, one of the main software centres in India.

Disease spreads

In the north-eastern state Assam, medical officials are trying to contain oubreaks of disease which they say have already killed 50 people.

They say cases of gastroenteritis are spreading in the district of Kokrajhar after local villagers drank contaminated water.


If the villagers continue with the practice of drinking contaminated river water and eating half-cooked food it will be very difficult to control the epidemic

Dr Nageshwar Das
"If the villagers continue with the practice of drinking contaminated river water and eating half-cooked food it will be very difficult to control the epidemic," Nageshwar Das, a doctor with a relief team, told AFP.

Medical teams have set up makeshift clinics to treat the villagers while paramedics and volunteers are conducting workshops on sanitation and basic hygiene.

Kokrajhar is about 236 km west of Assam's capital, Guwahati, and was the worst-hit district in the recent floods.

In the neighbouring state of Nagaland, a rare outbreak of malaria is said to have killed at least 20 people, with hundreds of others affected.

The mountainous state is rarely hit by the disease which, doctors said, occured because of stagnant water left over from the floods.

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