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5,500 may have died in north India floods

Authorities have raised to 5,500 the estimated number of people who perished in devastating floods that swept the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last month. At least 1,000 residents, Hindu pilgrims and tourists have been confirmed killed by the surging waters caused by heavier than normal monsoon rains that washed away homes, hotels, highways and cars. "The total number of people still missing is 4,500," Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told a news conference in mountainous Uttarakhand state capital Dehradun on Monday.

India steps up grim search for bodies in flood zone

Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies Thursday in India's flood-ravaged north and mass cremations took place as fears grew over outbreaks of disease, officials and reports said. More than 100,000 mainly pilgrims and tourists have been evacuated from the disaster zone while some 4,000 remain in relief camps after the flash floods and landslides that hit the state of Uttarakhand on June 15.

India steps up grim search for bodies in flood zone

Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies Thursday in India's flood ravaged north and mass cremations took place as fears grew over outbreaks of disease, officials and reports said. More than 100,000 mainly pilgrims and tourists have been evacuated from the disaster zone and some 4,000 remain in relief camps after the flash floods and landslides that hit the state of Uttarakhand on June 15.

Eight dead as India floods helicopter crashes

A helicopter helping victims of devastating floods in northern India crashed near a pilgrimage site Tuesday, killing all eight people on board, as fresh rains hampered the bid to rescue thousands still stranded. Around 60 air force helicopters are taking part in the rescue operation in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where more than 1,000 people have been killed by floods and landslides since the beginning of last week. The helicopter which crashed on Tuesday afternoon was on a medical mission near the pilgrimage site of Gaurikund, air force officials told AFP .

Bad weather hits India flood rescue operations

Bad weather hampered rescue operations Sunday in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. So far 557 bodies have been found after torrential rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 15, flooding the Ganges river and devastating the region known as the "Land of the Gods" for its revered Hindu shrines.

Bad weather hits India flood rescue operations

Bad weather hampered rescue operations Sunday in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. So far 557 bodies have been found after torrential rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 15, flooding the Ganges river and devastating an area known as the "Land of the Gods" for its revered Hindu shrines.

Bad weather hits India flood rescue operations

Bad weather hampered rescue operations Sunday in rain-ravaged northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded in remote mountains without food or water. So far 557 bodies have been found after torrential rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 15, flooding the Ganges river and devastating an area known as the "Land of the Gods" for its revered Hindu shrines.

Rescuers race against time as India monsoon toll nears 600

Relief teams were racing against time Saturday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Rescuers have recovered scores of bodies from the swollen Ganges river with the government saying more than 30,000 people were still stranded after torrential monsoon rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand last week.

Rescuers race against time as India monsoon toll nears 600

Relief teams were racing against time Saturday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Rescuers have recovered scores of bodies from the swollen Ganges river with nearly 63,000 people, mainly pilgrims and tourists, still stranded or missing after torrential monsoon rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said.

Rescuers race against time as India monsoon toll nears 600

Relief teams were racing against time Saturday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Rescuers have recovered scores of bodies from the swollen Ganges river with nearly 63,000 people, mainly pilgrims and tourists, still stranded or missing after torrential monsoon rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said.
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