Several dead and thousands rescued


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Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level.

At least 17 people have been reportedly killed in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh state.

And in eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a "flood-like situation" in a dozen districts.

Floods are common in India during the monsoon season between June and September.

But excessive rains this year has led to water levels in several major rivers to rise, leading to flooding in many parts of India.

In Bihar, where at least six rivers are flowing above the danger mark, thousands of people have taken shelter in more than 80 relief camps, reports say.

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