Rain, flood, landslide wreak havoc in North India

Jun 17, 2013, 20:57 PM IST
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A three-story building is destroyed by floodwaters, in Uttarkashi, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A three-story building is destroyed by floodwaters, in Uttarkashi, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Bulldozer and other vehicles are drifted in a flooded river in Uttarkashi district.

Bulldozer and other vehicles are drifted in a flooded river in Uttarkashi district.

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People gather at the site of a road accident on the Hardiwar-Mana national highway, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

People gather at the site of a road accident on the Hardiwar-Mana national highway, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Flooded Badrinath highway road is seen near Joshimath district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Flooded Badrinath highway road is seen near Joshimath district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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People walk on a road which was caved in after incessant rains on Rishikesh-Mana highway near Joshimath district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

People walk on a road which was caved in after incessant rains on Rishikesh-Mana highway near Joshimath district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Houses are submerged as trucks flow in flood waters of the Bhagirathi River in Shrinagar district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Houses are submerged as trucks flow in flood waters of the Bhagirathi River in Shrinagar district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) arrive to rescue stranded Sikh devotees from Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara, a religious Sikh temple, to a safe place in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) arrive to rescue stranded Sikh devotees from Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara, a religious Sikh temple, to a safe place in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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A house is seen partially submerged in the flood waters of the River Tehsil, in Dehradun.

A house is seen partially submerged in the flood waters of the River Tehsil, in Dehradun.

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Women walk through flooded banks of the river Yamuna near their homes in New Delhi.

Women walk through flooded banks of the river Yamuna near their homes in New Delhi.

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A view of the Hindu holy town of Kedarnath from a helicopter after a flood, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A view of the Hindu holy town of Kedarnath from a helicopter after a flood, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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A submerged idol of Hindu Lord Shiva stands in the flooded River Ganges in Rishikesh, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A submerged idol of Hindu Lord Shiva stands in the flooded River Ganges in Rishikesh, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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An Indian army personnel carries a stranded woman pilgrim to a safer area in Chamoli district, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

An Indian army personnel carries a stranded woman pilgrim to a safer area in Chamoli district, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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A man rows past a bus partly submerged in flood water in Rishikesh, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A man rows past a bus partly submerged in flood water in Rishikesh, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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A damaged government guest house falls into the flooded water of the River Ganges in Shrinagar district, in the northers Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A damaged government guest house falls into the flooded water of the River Ganges in Shrinagar district, in the northers Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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People stand near trucks partly submerged in floodwaters along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

People stand near trucks partly submerged in floodwaters along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

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People use a boat to cross a Tibetan market along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

People use a boat to cross a Tibetan market along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

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A car is abandoned in rubble from a landslide in Tehri, the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A car is abandoned in rubble from a landslide in Tehri, the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Soldiers help a child to climb down from a mountain, in Uttarkashi, in northern Indian state of Uttrakhand.

Soldiers help a child to climb down from a mountain, in Uttarkashi, in northern Indian state of Uttrakhand.

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Houses are partly submerged in the flooded River Ganges in Uttarakashi district, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Houses are partly submerged in the flooded River Ganges in Uttarakashi district, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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People gather to watch a bridge submerged in the flooded water of the River Ganges in Rudraprayag, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

People gather to watch a bridge submerged in the flooded water of the River Ganges in Rudraprayag, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Army personnel carry an injured flood victim on a stretcher for treatment in Hemkund, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Army personnel carry an injured flood victim on a stretcher for treatment in Hemkund, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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A man drags a trunk to higher ground after floodwaters inundated homes along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

A man drags a trunk to higher ground after floodwaters inundated homes along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi.

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An elderly Indian stranded pilgrim is consoled by his relative as he is rescued from upper reaches of Uttrakhund, at Dehradun airport, in Dehradun.

An elderly Indian stranded pilgrim is consoled by his relative as he is rescued from upper reaches of Uttrakhund, at Dehradun airport, in Dehradun.

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Army soldier helps flood affected elderly pilgrims after being evacuated from upper reaches of mountains, in Chamoli, in Indian northern state of Uttrakhand.

Army soldier helps flood affected elderly pilgrims after being evacuated from upper reaches of mountains, in Chamoli, in Indian northern state of Uttrakhand.

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A flood hit couple console one another after being evacuated by helicopter from the upper reaches of Uttrakhand, in Dehradun.

A flood hit couple console one another after being evacuated by helicopter from the upper reaches of Uttrakhand, in Dehradun.

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A man snaps pictures in an area devastated following heavy monsoon rains at Kedarnath, in the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand.

A man snaps pictures in an area devastated following heavy monsoon rains at Kedarnath, in the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) use a rope to rescue stranded pilgrims cross a river swollen by flood waters at Govind Ghat, in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) use a rope to rescue stranded pilgrims cross a river swollen by flood waters at Govind Ghat, in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) use a rope to rescue stranded pilgrims, in saffron turban, cross a river swollen by flood waters at Ghangaria, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) use a rope to rescue stranded pilgrims, in saffron turban, cross a river swollen by flood waters at Ghangaria, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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An Indian army soldier helps a flood affected man after being evacuated by a helicopter from the upper reaches of mountains in Joshimath.

An Indian army soldier helps a flood affected man after being evacuated by a helicopter from the upper reaches of mountains in Joshimath.

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The Kedarnath shrine, one of the holiest of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, and other buildings around it are seen damaged following monsoon rains in at Kedarnath in Uttrakhand.

The Kedarnath shrine, one of the holiest of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, and other buildings around it are seen damaged following monsoon rains in at Kedarnath in Uttrakhand.

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A man takes pictures as bodies of pilgrims lying in from of the Kedarnath shrine, one of the holiest of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva at Kedarnath, Uttrakhand.

A man takes pictures as bodies of pilgrims lying in from of the Kedarnath shrine, one of the holiest of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva at Kedarnath, Uttrakhand.

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel help stranded pilgrims on a makeshift bridge cross a stream of gushing floodwater at Govind Ghati, in Chamoli district, in Uttarakhand.

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel help stranded pilgrims on a makeshift bridge cross a stream of gushing floodwater at Govind Ghati, in Chamoli district, in Uttarakhand.

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A body is found lying on the ground after floodwaters began receding at Ganga Ghat.

A body is found lying on the ground after floodwaters began receding at Ganga Ghat.

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Pilgrims sit inside an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft after they were rescued from the flood affected areas, in Gauri Kund, in Uttarakhand.

Pilgrims sit inside an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft after they were rescued from the flood affected areas, in Gauri Kund, in Uttarakhand.

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Indian army soldiers help a flood affected man after being evacuated by helicopter from the upper reaches of mountains in Joshimath.

Indian army soldiers help a flood affected man after being evacuated by helicopter from the upper reaches of mountains in Joshimath.

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An elderly flood affected pilgrim is carried by National Disaster Response Force personnel at Guptakashi.

An elderly flood affected pilgrim is carried by National Disaster Response Force personnel at Guptakashi.

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Ashok Radadiya consoles his flood affected sister Sudhaben Bhalala upon her arrival in Ahmadabad.

Ashok Radadiya consoles his flood affected sister Sudhaben Bhalala upon her arrival in Ahmadabad.

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Rescued flood affected pilgrims alight from a chopper in Guptkashi, Uttarakhand.

Rescued flood affected pilgrims alight from a chopper in Guptkashi, Uttarakhand.

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People rescue a pony with the help of a rope from the Mandakini river at Gauri Kund, Uttarakhand.

People rescue a pony with the help of a rope from the Mandakini river at Gauri Kund, Uttarakhand.

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An Indian army soldier helps a young girl, affected by floods, drink water before evacuating her from the upper reaches of mountains, in Gaurikund, Uttrakhand.

An Indian army soldier helps a young girl, affected by floods, drink water before evacuating her from the upper reaches of mountains, in Gaurikund, Uttrakhand.

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An elderly couple help each other to drink water before being evacuated from the upper reaches of mountains, in Gaurikund, Uttrakhand.

An elderly couple help each other to drink water before being evacuated from the upper reaches of mountains, in Gaurikund, Uttrakhand.

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Pilgrims who were stuck in the upper reaches of mountains are brought to safer place, in Joshimath, Uttrakhand.

Pilgrims who were stuck in the upper reaches of mountains are brought to safer place, in Joshimath, Uttrakhand.

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Water gushes down a river as Indian paramilitary soldiers and volunteers stand near a makeshift bridge after it was damaged hampering to evacuate the stranded pilgrims in Govindghat.

Water gushes down a river as Indian paramilitary soldiers and volunteers stand near a makeshift bridge after it was damaged hampering to evacuate the stranded pilgrims in Govindghat.

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Ashok Radadiya, left, consoles his flood affected sister Sudhaben Bhalala, centre, upon her arrival in Ahmadabad.

Ashok Radadiya, left, consoles his flood affected sister Sudhaben Bhalala, centre, upon her arrival in Ahmadabad.

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People rescue a pony with the help of a rope from the Mandakini river at Gauri Kund, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

People rescue a pony with the help of a rope from the Mandakini river at Gauri Kund, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Stranded pilgrims climb in a row as they are evacuated by Indian army soldiers in Govindghat.

Stranded pilgrims climb in a row as they are evacuated by Indian army soldiers in Govindghat.

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Army soldiers make a stranded pilgrim to cross over a river with the help of a rope near Hemkunsaheb.

Army soldiers make a stranded pilgrim to cross over a river with the help of a rope near Hemkunsaheb.

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An Indian man crosses a bridge of rope across floodwater in Govindghat.

An Indian man crosses a bridge of rope across floodwater in Govindghat.

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Army soldiers help a stranded elderly woman climb down a mountain in Govindghat.

Army soldiers help a stranded elderly woman climb down a mountain in Govindghat.

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A man crosses over a swollen river with the help of a rope in Govindghat.

A man crosses over a swollen river with the help of a rope in Govindghat.

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An injured pilgrim cries in a pain as Indian army soldiers carry him on a stretcher after he was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, Uttarakhand.

An injured pilgrim cries in a pain as Indian army soldiers carry him on a stretcher after he was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, Uttarakhand.

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An injured pilgrim cries as Indian army soldiers carry her after she was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains, at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, Uttarakhand.

An injured pilgrim cries as Indian army soldiers carry her after she was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains, at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, Uttarakhand.

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An Indian army soldier helps an injured pilgrim after she was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains, at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

An Indian army soldier helps an injured pilgrim after she was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains, at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath in Uttarakhand.

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Local authorities clear a damaged road caused by landslides, in Gauchar, Uttarakhand.

Local authorities clear a damaged road caused by landslides, in Gauchar, Uttarakhand.

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Locals unload a large piece of wood from a truck to be placed on to an Indian Air force helicopter as cremation efforts for those killed in landslides and monsoon floods are underway, in Gauchar, in Uttarakhand.

Locals unload a large piece of wood from a truck to be placed on to an Indian Air force helicopter as cremation efforts for those killed in landslides and monsoon floods are underway, in Gauchar, in Uttarakhand.

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students of Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidhya Pratishthanam (SGVP) along with saints raise their hands as they perform rituals during a “yagya,” or a fire ritual, to pray for the Uttarakhand flood victims, in Ahmadabad.

students of Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidhya Pratishthanam (SGVP) along with saints raise their hands as they perform rituals during a “yagya,” or a fire ritual, to pray for the Uttarakhand flood victims, in Ahmadabad.

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Pilgrim Rahava Chary, who was stranded after flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand state, hugs his family members on his arrival in Hyderabad.

Pilgrim Rahava Chary, who was stranded after flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand state, hugs his family members on his arrival in Hyderabad.

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Pilgrim Ramadevi, who was stranded after flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand state, hugs her relative on her arrival in Hyderabad.

Pilgrim Ramadevi, who was stranded after flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand state, hugs her relative on her arrival in Hyderabad.

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People gather near a truck carrying LPG cylinders that fell in the Bhagirathi River from a road damaged after monsoon flooding in Uttarkashi.

People gather near a truck carrying LPG cylinders that fell in the Bhagirathi River from a road damaged after monsoon flooding in Uttarkashi.

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A man shows a photo of his family members who went missing during monsoon flooding near the airport gate in Jollygrant, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

A man shows a photo of his family members who went missing during monsoon flooding near the airport gate in Jollygrant, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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People stand near an airport gate covered with special announcements and pictures of missing people in Jollygrant, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

People stand near an airport gate covered with special announcements and pictures of missing people in Jollygrant, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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A view of damaged houses is seen following monsoon rains in Trivada.

A view of damaged houses is seen following monsoon rains in Trivada.

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Paramilitary soldiers carry a pilgrim towards the airport in Gaucher, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Paramilitary soldiers carry a pilgrim towards the airport in Gaucher, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Army soldiers help a man up a slope at Pindari Glacier, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Army soldiers help a man up a slope at Pindari Glacier, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Army soldiers rescue a woman at Pindari Glacier, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Army soldiers rescue a woman at Pindari Glacier, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

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Damaged houses sit above a landslide following monsoon rains in Shrinagar. Authorities prepared Tuesday to cremate the bodies of hundreds of people who perished in monsoon flooding in northern India, as soldiers attempted to rescue tourists and pilgrims who remained stranded in a remote town.

Damaged houses sit above a landslide following monsoon rains in Shrinagar. Authorities prepared Tuesday to cremate the bodies of hundreds of people who perished in monsoon flooding in northern India, as soldiers attempted to rescue tourists and pilgrims who remained stranded in a remote town.

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