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SOUTH ASIA STRUGGLES AS FLOODS RECEDE

Relief workers reaching flooded villages in northern India reported new deaths Thursday from two weeks of monsoon rains, pushing the toll in South Asia to more than 500.

Two days of heavy rains left 15 people dead in India's western Gujarat state and more than 22,000 people were evacuated from flooded villages, said D.A. Satya, a top state official.

With floods receding in some areas and thousands of villagers returning home, aid workers rushed in food, clean drinking water and medicine to ward off an epidemic of waterborne diseases.

In Bangladesh's Munshigonj district, families lined up in knee-deep water as relief workers distributed bags of rice and other aid.

More than two weeks of monsoon rains across much of northern India, Bangladesh and Nepal have flooded rivers and submerged villages and farmland, killing at least 513 people and stranding 19-million more, officials said.

Since the start of the monsoon in June, the government said more than 1,400 people have died in India.

At least 303 people have died in India in the past two weeks. In Bangladesh, 165 people have drowned, 35 were killed by snake bites and 10 from flood-related illnesses.

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