India Monsoon Rains Kill 20 in Rajasthan

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At least 20 people have been killed by heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

A labourer carries a container of mud while working on a roadside as it rains in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi August 7, 2012.

At least 20 people have been killed by heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

The rains have disrupted normal life in the state capital, Jaipur, since Tuesday and flooded many areas.

About 20,000 people living in the city have been forced to flee their homes due to flooding.

Earlier this month, at least 34 people died in northern Uttarakhand state after torrential rains triggered landslides and flash floods.

Rajasthan's meteorological department said Jaipur was experiencing the heaviest rains since 1981, causing flooding in low lying neighbourhoods and slum areas.

At least 10 of the people killed in the state died in the city, some of them in house collapses.

Many people have taken shelter on the rooftops of homes, and rescue workers from a local paramilitary force have been deployed to evacuate them.

In June, at least 27 people died and one million people were forced to leave their homes by floods as rains lashed the north-eastern state of Assam.