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Rescue workers in flood-swamped southern India continued aid operations Wednesday, as the death toll from the floods climbed past 300.

British relief agency Tearfund said food, clean water, clothing, bedding and shelter are the most pressing needs for the victims in Andrhra Pradesh and Karnataka states.

Authorities say thousands of victims have yet to be reached.

The flooding -- the region's worst in decades -- has displaced at least 1.5 million people.

With hundreds of thousands now living in temporary shelters, health workers are focusing on preventing illnesses from breaking out among the survivors.  

Authorities are also worried that hundreds of thousands of hectares of flooded farmland could affect food harvests.

Flood waters have been receding, though more rain is forecast in the coming days.



Some information for this report was provided by AFP.