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/ 19 May 2006

India’s land of the living dead

Lal Bihari made countless rounds of police and government offices, but to no avail. Finally he decided to contest elections to draw attention to his problem: he had been declared officially dead. It took Bihari 16 years to get the government to recognise that he was in fact still alive. Relatives had him falsely proclaimed dead in order to seize his property.

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/ 10 October 2005

Encephalitis toll hits 1 058 in north India

The official death toll from Japanese encephalitis in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh reached 1 058 on Monday after 12 more children died from the mosquito-borne disease, officials said. The worst outbreak of the fatal illness in nearly two decades had been expected to peter out with the onset of winter, but about 350 people are still in state-run hospitals.

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/ 22 September 2004

Heavy downpours kill 36 in India

Torrential rain killed at least 36 people and washed away houses and farms in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said on Wednesday. Thirty-five of the people, including a number of women and children, died when flash floods submerged homes on Tuesday in Sitapur district.