10/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

2.5 Million Indians Stranded By Flood

NEW DELHI, Sept. 2 -- Nearly 2.5 million Indians remained stranded, homeless and hungry in flood-ravaged villages in the eastern part of the country Tuesday, 17 days after a river burst a dam in neighboring Nepal and changed course.

Heavy rains and the swelling waters of the Kosi, known as the "river of sorrow" and worshipped by local people, caused havoc in almost 1,000 villages in Bihar state. Panic-stricken people fled to higher ground, tree tops and cramped makeshift camps.

About 117 people are reported dead, but officials in Bihar said the death toll could rise sharply as receding waters reveal more bodies.

Read more on Washington Post