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Indian cancer patients forced to camp in the street

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With just a patchwork of colourful plastic sheets to shield patients from the heavy monsoon rains, a Mumbai street acts as an unofficial ward to one of India's top cancer treatment centres. 

A cancer sufferer stands outside his temporary shelter on the pavement outside the Tata Memorial hospital in Mumbai, on August 1, 2013. Patients seeking treatment at the over-crowded hospital are forced to deal with rats, mosquitoes and dirt.

Every year, the Tata Memorial Hospital draws tens of thousands of cancer sufferers thanks to its heavily subsidised medical care. But the city's steep hotel and rental prices force scores to sleep on nearby pavements.

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