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Bombay Death Toll Mounts in Floods' Aftermath


Hospitals in Bombay are struggling to cope with hundreds of patients infected by waterborne diseases in the aftermath of western India's monsoon floods, and they say the death toll is rising.

A government health official says illnesses caused by contaminated water have killed at least 66 people, and there are fears the true death toll could be far higher, since many cases have not been reported.

Thousands of people seeking medical care crowded into the city's handful of state-run hospitals, Friday. The facilities are short of beds, and many patients are forced to sleep on floors or wait for care in the streets outside the hospitals.

Bombay's medical crisis continues, two weeks after record monsoon floods that inundated the city killed more than 1,000 people.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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