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23 dead, 50 missing in India floods

Published 17/06/2013 | 11:39

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A train moves through a flooded track after heavy rains in Mumbai (AP)
A driver forges through a flooded road in India (AP)
A building destroyed by floodwaters, in Uttarkash, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhund (AP)

At least 23 people have died and around 50 others are missing after three days of torrential rain washed away buildings and roads in northern India.

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Amit Negi, an official in Uttarakhand state, said more than a dozen people were killed in one district alone.

A landslide triggered by the monsoon rains buried a bus, killing three people in Almora district. At least three other people were washed away when a three-storey apartment building toppled into a river and was carried away by the swift-moving current.

More than 10,000 pilgrims stranded along a mountain pass leading to a Hindu religious site were being evacuated by helicopter.

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