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Rescue bid after India landslides

Rescuers in India are using helicopters and climbing through mountain paths to reach nearly 4,000 people trapped by landslides in a narrow valley near a Hindu shrine in the northern Himalayas.

Rajesh Prasad, an air force officer overseeing the operation, said helicopters ferried rescue workers and doctors along with equipment, food and medicine to Kedarnath in the state of Uttrakhand, the nearest town to those trapped in the valley.

State spokesman Amit Chandola said authorities have been unable to reach eight villages feared washed away by the weekend floods in the worst-hit districts of Rudraprayad and Chamoli.

The official death toll from the flooding stands at 104, though many more are believed to have died.

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