1,000 feared dead in monsoon


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RESCUE OPS. A handout photo released on 19 June 2013 by Indian Army shows an Indian army rescue operation in Uttrakhand, India, on 18 June 2013. EPA/INDIAN ARMY/HANDOUT

Thousands of Indian soldiers battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country’s north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. Helicopters and close to 10,000 soldiers have been deployed to reach tourists and pilgrims stranded after floods caused by torrential monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand at the weekend. Houses, buildings and vehicles have collapsed or been swept away by flooding rivers and landslides, while bridges and narrow roads have also been destroyed, leaving some 65,000 people stranded mainly at remote pilgrimage sites.

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