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August 16, 2011
Monsoon season brings crucial rain to India
Monsoon rains, that lash India from June to September, are considered crucial for farmers whose crops feed millions of people. Floods are an annual occurrence in northeastern India during the season and in mid-July, heavy monsoon rains forced the mighty Brahmaputra River in Gauhati to overflow its banks and submerge scores of villages in India's remote northeastern state of Assam. (29 images)



An Indian family is seen outside their house as a rainbow appears on the horizon after a downpour in Amritsar, India, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. India receives the annual monsoon rains from June to September. AP / Altaf Qadri


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Municipal workers clean the base of a fountain near Indian parliament house as monsoon clouds hover over in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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Street beggars use a plastic sheet to take shelter from rain in Srinagar, India, Friday, Aug.12, 2011. AP / Mukhtar Khan



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An Indian police officer looks from behind his rain covered shield during a monsoon rain shower as he and others stand guard at a protest by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. According to local news reports , India's monsoon rain index rose nearly 14 percent in the last week, an increase over the previous period where rain levels were down. AP / Kevin Frayer



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A couple rides a bicycle in the rain in Kolkata, India, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. AP / Bikas Das



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Students of the National Cadet Corps look out of their vehicle after attending Independence Day rehearsal during monsoon rain shower in Jammu, India, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. AP / Channi Anand



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People stand on the banks of the swollen River Tawi after heavy rainfall in Jammu, India, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. AP / Channi Anand



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In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, an Indian holy man faces the flooded River Ganges from a temple in Allahabad, India. Floods are an annual occurrence in many parts of India during the monsoon season from June to September. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh



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A mother with her child crosses a busy road as it rains in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. AP / Bikas Das



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Commuters on a scooter wade through a flooded street during heavy rainfall in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug. 7,2011. AP / Channi Anand



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People walk in heavy rain in Dharmsala, India, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. AP / Ashwini Bhatia



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Commuters leave after days work as monsoon clouds gathered over New Delhi, India, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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Indian schoolgirls ride on a bicycle rickshaw during a break in the monsoon rains near the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. AP / Kevin Frayer



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An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during monsoon rains outside the Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Indian men use a large plastic tarp to protect themselves from the monsoon rain in Mena Bazaar, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. AP / Kevin Frayer



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An Indian bicycle rickshaw puller sleeps after stopping in a water-logged underpass during monsoon rain in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Indian villagers take shelter on a high side of the Fulahar River which breached into a nearby village following monsoon rains inundating a Hindu temple and adjacent area, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Malda town in West Bengal state, India, Monday, Aug. 2, 2011. AP /



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Indian artists dance during the inauguration of a monsoon festival at Saputara, the only hill station of Gujarat state, about 400 kilometers from Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, July 30, 2011. AP / Ajit Solanki



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An Indian woman works in a paddy field during rain near Saputara, India, Saturday, July 30, 2011. AP / Ajit Solanki



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Commuters use a banner to take refuge from Monsoon rain in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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Vendors use a plastic sheet to shelter themselves from the rain in Jammu, India, Friday, July 29, 2011. AP / Channi Anand



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Vendors use a plastic sheet to shelter themselves from Monsoon rain at India Gate, a landmark monument, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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Local traders salvage parts of makeshift shops that cater to devotees at Sangam, the confluence of Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati, as water level rises due to heavy rains in Allahabad, India, Monday, July 25, 2011. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh



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A security guard sits under an umbrella in Monsoon rain at India Gate, a landmark monument, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, July 26, 2011. AP / Manish Swarup



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Worker's shift a Hindu priest's canopy after water levels rose following heavy rainfall at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna in Allahabad, India, Sunday, July 24, 2011. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh



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A cycle rickshaw puller shifts the belongings of a Hindu priest after water levels rose following heavy rainfall at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna in Allahabad, India, Sunday, July 24, 2011. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh



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A local woman waits to cross a flooded road near the Pobitora wild life sanctuary, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) east of Gauhati, India on Thursday, July 21, 2011. AP / Anupam Nath



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In this Thursday, July 21, 2011 photo, a farmer Rabin Timong, 35, catches fish in his flooded paddy field near the Pobitora wild life sanctuary, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) east of Gauhati, India. AP / Anupam Nath



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People stand near a roadside fruit stall during rainfall in Kolkata, India, Thursday, July 21, 2011. AP / Bikas Das



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