KOLKATA, India, Oct 24 (Reuters): At least one million people were marooned Monday by flooding in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal after five days of torrential rains left 14 dead, officials said.
Relief workers were using boats to ferry supplies of puffed rice and molasses to hundreds of villages cut off by the floods.
"The flooding has left more than a million people stranded in the state's south.
We are reaching relief materials to them," West Bengal village development minister Surya Kanta Mishra said.
At least two rivers in southern Sunderbans region had breached their banks, flooding 60 villages, officials said, and large areas of the paddy-growing state were submerged by muddy flood waters.
They said more than a dozen people had been killed by collapsed walls in houses and electrocution.