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26 die from floods in India

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
Indian villagers wade though flood waters near Mahanga Panchayat in Orissa's Cuttack district on September 13, 2011.
Indian villagers wade though flood waters near Mahanga Panchayat in Orissa's Cuttack district on September 13, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There were 12 people missing in the flood-hit state of Orissa
  • Floods swamped 19 of Orissa's 30 districts last week
  • "The situation is now limping back to normal," official says
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  • India
  • Floods

New Dehli, India (CNN) -- At least 26 people have died in flooding in eastern India over the past week, but waters are now receding, authorities say.

There were also 12 people missing in the flood-hit state of Orissa, according to officials.

Orissa's special relief commissioner, P.K. Mohapatra, told CNN that authorities have set up hundreds of free food kitchens for about 170,000 residents, displaced temporarily by the deluge.

Floods swamped 19 of Orissa's 30 districts last week after what he explained were excess monsoon rains in a neighboring region.

"The situation is now limping back to normal. Many of the displaced people have gone back to their homes," Mohapatra said.

Hundreds of people die every year across India from monsoon flooding.

At least 788 people have lost their lives so far because of flooding since June this year in different parts of the country, India's home ministry said on September 6.

 
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