India rushes aid to the east after storm kills 48, displaces thousands

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Author: Nita Bhalla

PATNA, India, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian authorities were rushing food rations, clothes and cooking utensils to villagers in the east of the country on Thursday after a storm killed at least 48 people and left thousands more homeless, government officials said.

With wind speeds of up to 70 km per hour (43 mph) and heavy rains, the storm struck Bihar state late on Tuesday, uprooting trees and electricity poles, ripping through farmland and destroying over 25,000 mud-and-thatch homes.

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