Partially submerged houses are pictured on the flooded banks of the Ganga river in Allahabad, India, August 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash
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India's holy city of Varanasi has been forced to halt cremations along the banks of the sacred river Ganges as deadly floods from monsoon rains hit parts of the country, an official said Tuesday.Over 20 people have been killed in the two states from the floods that hit swathes of India every year during the monsoon season.At least nine people have died in Uttar Pradesh and another 15 in Bihar over the past two days as floods hit rural areas as well as some cities, disaster management officials said.
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