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Flooding deaths now 2,400 in monsoon-hit India

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  • 2,400 people have died in monsoon floods since June
  • More than 4.3 million people affected by rainwaters
  • Austrian trekkers rescued in border region
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From Harmeet Shah Singh
CNN
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- The death toll from monsoon floods in eastern India rose to more than 2,400 Tuesday as authorities reported that another 32 people had perished in the disaster that has affected millions of people.

The latest deaths in Uttar Pradesh state brought the countrywide death toll from the follds to 2,404 since June, according to the federal home ministry's disaster management unit.

So far, no new deaths have been reported from the eastern Indian state of Orissa, where 55 people have died and more than 4.3 million have been hit by floods that have inundated numerous villages in 17 of its districts.

In the hill state of Uttrakhand, police rescued a seven-member team of stranded Austrian trekkers, authorities said.

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In all, more than 20 million people have been affected by floods in different parts of India since June.

Most of the flood-related deaths -- 1,088 -- have been reported from Uttar Pradesh, India's densely populated state, according to the report.

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