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    At least 400 people have died in floods which swept across the populous northeast Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal this week.

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    At least 400 people have died in floods which swept across the populous northeast Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal this week.

    SYNOPSIS: Around the Bihar state capital, Patna, three major rivers rose simultaneously, making the flood the worst in the area since 1905. All the low-lying areas south and west of the city are under water and many homes have been submerged.

    Bridges have been swept away and crops in rural areas destroyed. All 15 districts of Bihar, which covers 15,000 square miles (about 41,000 square kilometres) have been affected. Seventy five of the dead flood victims come from the region.

    Millions have been left homeless and are receiving food and temporary accommodation at relief centres set up by the government. The swirling waters are the direct result of torrential rain that's been pelting down in the northeast for the past fortnight. Officials are very worried about the continuing crisis and the Agriculture and Irrigation Minister has done an aerial survey of the area. After seeing the extent of the damage he announced an extra 50 million rupees (3.3 million pounds sterling) in government loans to farmers affected by the floods.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8NUE2JZQJ2XAWL0EDFCFV1QGG
    Media URN:
    VLVA8NUE2JZQJ2XAWL0EDFCFV1QGG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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