FLOODS, LANDSLIDES KILL 60 IN INDIA

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RISHIKESH: Torrential rains have triggered flash floods and landslides in northern India, leaving at least 60 people feared dead and thousands stranded after the monsoon covered the country ahead of schedule, officials said on Tuesday. Authorities have called in military helicopters to try to rescue marooned residents and pilgrims after homes and roads were washed away in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. “We are unable to confirm the number of deaths since most of the communication lines have broken down across the state,” the minister for disaster and relief in Uttarakhand said. “But at least 60 people are feared dead and nearly 50,000 are stranded,” Yashpal Arya told Agence France-Presse.

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