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Wednesday 17 September 2014

India floods: At least 23 dead and 50 missing

In this Sunday, June 16, 2013 photo, a three-story building is destroyed by floodwaters, in Uttarkash, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhund. Government officials say at least 23 people have died and about 50 are missing after three days of torrential rain washed away buildings and roads in northern India. (AP Photo)
In this Sunday, June 16, 2013 photo, a three-story building is destroyed by floodwaters, in Uttarkash, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhund. Government officials say at least 23 people have died and about 50 are missing after three days of torrential rain washed away buildings and roads in northern India. (AP Photo)

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, officials said.

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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