Mon, Aug 06, 2007 - Page 5 News List

Death toll from Indian floods hits 1,100

RISING TIDE Helicopters dropped food and brought aid to hundreds of thousands of people who had escaped to high ground near national highways and railway tracks


"People have started returning to their villages but relief programs are continuing," home ministry official Ishwar Regmi said.

Some 270,000 people have been affected by this year's monsoon, mostly in Nepal's southern plains area bordering India. Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula flew to the area yesterday morning to inspect the relief camps.

"At least 91 people have been killed so far this monsoon, and we are expecting to get more information about casualties from various districts by this evening," said Regmi.

The incessant rainfall that triggered the deadly flooding and landslides is abating, meteorologists said.

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