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Torrential rains in India

Indian villagers collect drinking water from a tube well, hand pump surrounded by floodwaters at Podapadar in Ganjam district of Orissa state, India, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Days of torrential rains have unleashed floods in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, killing dozens of people and forced the evacuation of more than 70,000 others from hundreds of low-lying villages. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

India floods

October 26, 2013

Torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India, which this month saw the worst cyclone to hit the country in over a decade, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday.

The downpour has seen rivers spill their banks in India's eastern coastal states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, forcing thousands to flee their homes and seek refuge in shelters, two weeks after India's most severe cyclone in 14 years lashed the coastline. (AFP)