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TROOPS IN Bangladesh have been deployed to protect hundreds of homes from a swollen river, it was reported yesterday.

The soldiers are helping to reinforce an embankment on the Jamuna river in Gopalpur in the Tangail district, 90 miles north of Dhaka.

According to local newspapers 6,000 people have already been forced out of their homes along the embankment, which runs through 30 villages. There have been no deaths.