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Flood Levels Recede in India's Desert State

Water levels are receding in India's desert state of Rajasthan and relief workers there have stepped up efforts to rescue thousands of stranded villagers.

Officials say floods caused by monsoon rains killed at least 140 people in the past week, most of them in the district of Barmer.

More than 700,000 people have been stranded.

In western and southern India, more than 500 people have been killed and millions left homeless since the annual monsoon rains began in June.

Floods have also killed at least 31 people in neighboring Nepal in the past three days.

Soldiers have been using helicopters and rubber boats to rescue hundreds of people.

Officials say most of the deaths came in the worst-hit seven districts in the plains of western Nepal.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.