India floods: Death toll in Uttarakhand 'passes 500'

Saturday, 22 June 2013 - 8:42

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The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has passed 500.

 

The state's Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, said 556 bodies had been seen floating or buried in "slush", and that the army was working to recover them.

 

The charity Action Aid says 5,000 people are missing in the area.

 

Many of those stranded in the mountainous region are Hindu pilgrims visiting local shrines.



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