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Rescuers Search For Survivors Of India's Worst Monsoon On Record


Rescue workers in India's flood-ravaged areas are continuing the search for survivors today-Friday following record monsoon rains that caused hundreds of deaths.

In urban regions of western Maharashtra state, where flooding and mudslides were the heaviest, workers cleared clogged drains with the help of cranes and heavy machinery. Officials say rescuers scouring flooded neighborhoods and villages in the state found dozens of new bodies today, raising the death toll to nearly 700.

Bombay, the state capital and India's financial hub, was pounded by two days of unusually severe monsoon rains this week, including the heaviest single-day downpour since India began keeping such records more than a century ago.

Rumors of a burst dam triggered a stampede in Bombay Thursday that killed at least 18 people. The rumors turned out to be false.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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