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135 feared dead in India flooding

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  • 2,364 people have died in monsoon floods since June
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From Harmeet Shah Singh
CNN
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least 135 people have died in the last two days in India as a result of flooding, bringing the death toll in monsoon floods to 2,364 since June, according to disaster-management officials in India.

The deaths this weekend happened in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Orissa and Uttaranchal, according to a report from the Disaster Management Division of the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.

Eight-two people died in Uttar Pradesh, 34 died in Himachal Pradesh and 17 lost their lives in Orissa and two died in Uttaranchal, authorities said.

In the eastern state of Orissa, about 65 embankments have been breached, said G.V. Venugopala Sarma, the commissioner and secretary of Orissa's revenue and disaster management department.

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Authorities are using motor boats and military helicopters for rescue and have set up 261 relief camps in the state.

Sarma described the next two days as critical for rescue.

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