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Millions homeless in India floods.

10/6/2009 2:46:36 AM

The worst floods to hit southern India in a century have made 2.5 million people homeless and left 250 dead.

At least five million people are crammed in temporary government shelters after heavy rains last week triggered flooding that swamped millions of acres of cropland crop·land  
n.
Land that is fit or used for growing crops.
.

"These are the worst floods in 100 years," said Dharmana Prasada Rao, Andhra Pradesh's minister for revenue and relief.

Relief officials used helicopters and boats to drop off rations and plastic sheets to hundreds of marooned villagers in Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh (än`drə prä`dāsh), state (2001 provisional pop. 75,727,541), 106,052 sq mi (275,608 sq km), SE India, on the Bay of Bengal. The capital is Hyderabad.  and Karnataka, the worst-hit states.

Officials and relief agencies said flood victims andndash; including about 2.5 million people from Karnataka This is a list of famous and notable people from Karnataka, India. This would include persons who are known to a large number of people and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present.  and Andhra Pradesh who have lost their homes - were now sheltered in over 1,200 temporary camps.

On Monday, rescue workers used about 300,000 sandbags sandbags

small sacks containing sand used to support an anesthetized animal in dorsal recumbency and prevent it from rolling sideways during anesthesia or surgery.
 to fortify for·ti·fy  
v. for·ti·fied, for·ti·fy·ing, for·ti·fies

v.tr.
To make strong, as:
a. To strengthen and secure (a position) with fortifications.

b. To reinforce by adding material.
 weakening embankments of the Krishna river Krishna River
 formerly Kistna River

River, southern India. Rising in Maharashtra state, it flows southeast and east across Karnataka and crosses Andhra Pradesh state before entering the Bay of Bengal after a course of 800 mi (1,290 km).
 that flows close to Vijayawada, a city of about a million people in Andhra Pradesh and an important trading centre.

More than 50,000 people were trapped by floodwaters near the city, according to The Times of India, with many villages along the bank under 2m of water.

Rescue workers had earlier moved more than 200,000 people living close to the river and an alert was raised in about 100 villages situated along it.

Officials said vast areas of agricultural land, including sugarcane and paddy fields, were under water.

Media reports quoted officials as saying that billion of dollars were needed for relief and reconstruction.

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