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Floods cut off Indian road link to Myanmar

Oct 20, 2007 (AFP), The sole road link between India and Myanmar has been cut off by floods which have left two people dead and displaced 25,000, officials said Friday.

A Manipur government spokesman said the situation had worsened after a mud embankment along the state’s main Imphal river collapsed.

"National Highway 39 remained submerged for the second straight day Friday, disrupting normal traffic," Manipur flood control minister N. Biren Singh said by telephone from the state capital Imphal.

A five-kilometre (three-mile) stretch of the highway was under water, he said.

The highway runs to Moreh, an official trading point and the last Indian town before Tamu over the border in Myanmar.

Paramilitary troops were deployed for rescue operations and 35 relief camps set up.

"More than 200 paramilitary personnel were helping in repairing the breached embankments, besides evacuating stranded people," the minister said.

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