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India floods strand thousands; more than 100 dead

6:14 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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LUCKNOW, India - Days after floods killed more than 100 people - possibly many more - Indian officials say rescuers are using helicopters and climbing through mountain paths to reach nearly 4,000 people trapped by landslides in a narrow valley near a Hindu shrine in the northern Himalayas.

Rajesh Prasad, an air force officer overseeing the operations, says helicopters ferried rescue workers and doctors along with equipment, food and medicine on Thursday to Kedarnath in the state of Uttrakhand, the nearest town to those trapped in the valley.

State spokesman Amit Chandola says authorities have been unable to reach eight villages feared washed away by the weekend floods in the worst-hit districts of Rudraprayad and Chamoli.

The official death toll stands at 104.

Annual monsoon rains sustain India's agriculture but also cause flooding.

The Associated Press

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