5,086 people have died in Maoist-affected areas of India, bringing the death toll from the deadly monsoon flood to 8,600, the country’s health ministry said.
The official death toll has risen to 2,077, with nearly 2,000 more missing.
The death toll is expected to rise as authorities are struggling to cope with the floods that swept the nation’s capital and other parts of the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The floods left at least 5,200 people homeless and forced many to abandon their homes, said the ministry.
A massive rescue operation was underway, with a huge number of rescue workers carrying out rescue operations, it added.
More than 500 trucks were being used to deliver supplies to those affected by the floodwaters, the ministry said, adding that the number of rescues had risen to 4,800.
Authorities have not yet reported the extent of the damage.