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Monsoon floodwaters drown 7 in bus in India

 Rickshaw pullers sit under a tree as it rains in Amritsar, India, Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
 A rickshaw operator pedals through the rain in Amritsar, India, Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
 Motorists drive through a dust storm before rain in Amritsar, India, Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India Monsoon

Rickshaw pullers sit under a tree as it rains in Amritsar, India, Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India Monsoon

A rickshaw operator pedals through the rain in Amritsar, India, Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India Monsoon

Motorists drive through a dust storm before rain in Amritsar, India, Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Floodwaters swept away a bus while it crossed a small bridge in eastern India, drowning at least seven people, an official said Tuesday.
Rescuers searched for an additional 15 people who were missing following Monday night's accident in the Nayagarh district of Orissa state, said top local administrator K.C. Jena.
Some of the 20 people rescued from the Besalia river said the driver had ignored warnings from passengers not to cross the bridge because it was submerged by floodwaters, Jena told The Associated Press.
Nayagarh is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of the Orissa state capital Bhubaneshwar.
Heavy monsoon rains in the state have killed 12 people since Sunday, state officials said.
Scores of villages in India's northeastern Assam state also have been inundated, leaving nearly 500,000 people homeless.
The monsoon season in India begins in June and ends in September.


Updated : 2021-10-23 14:17 GMT+08:00