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Monsoon floods kill at least 52 people in India

  • A flood affected family moves on a boat at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A flood affected family moves on a boat at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman prepares a meal by a flooded road at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A woman prepares a meal by a flooded road at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman prepares a meal in her flooded house at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    A woman prepares a meal in her flooded house at Sildubi village, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Friday, July 29, 2016. Torrential monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Assam state and forced around 1.2 million people to leave their water-logged homes. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)  (The Associated Press)

Indian authorities are trying to rescue thousands of people stranded in flooded villages after a week of heavy rains killed at least 52 people and uprooted tens of thousands of others from their homes in Bihar state in the east and Assam in the northeast.

A government statement says 26 deaths have been reported in Assam, where incessant downpours have damaged roads and snapped telephone cables in several districts.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh flew over the worst-hit areas on Saturday and said the floods were "very serious."

Twenty-six deaths have been reported in eastern Bihar due to drowning and home collapses in 10 districts bordering Nepal.

Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam, Bihar and many parts of India during the June-September monsoon season.