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Millions try to rebuild lives after S. Asia floods

Millions across South Asia are struggling to rebuild their homes and lives following massive devastation caused by monsoon flooding in the region.

  • Agencies
  • Published: 09:20 September 2, 2007
  • Gulf News

Patna: Millions across South Asia are struggling to rebuild their homes and lives following massive devastation caused by monsoon flooding in the region.

Floods damaged road networks and hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops in eastern India, and killed more than 2,000 people in eastern India and Bangladesh.

"I am rebuilding my completely disintegrated home, otherwise I will have to stay in the open for the rest of the year," said Ashrafi Shah, a villager in Bihar.

In neighbouring West Bengal, floods left more than three million people stranded and tens of thousands homeless, officials said.

Thousands in the northeastern state of Assam remain in temporary shelters with no idea of when they will be go back to their homes.

"Many are still living in camps and on roadsides because they have no money to rebuild their homes," said a government official in Assam's Dhemaji district.

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