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The human toll from flooding, caused by unusually heavy rains at the start of the monsoon season, is escalating in northern India.  Rescue and relief operations in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand are ongoing as estimated rise to over 500 dead and 5,000 missing.  The extent of the disaster, however, may not be clear until the region has been fully surveyed.

Agencies are said to have rescued 34,000 while 50,000 remain stranded.  The Indian Air Force is dropping food and medicine.  CNN has a images here, and the picture to the right captures the devastation around the temple at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand.  From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Thousands of pilgrims and tourists are sheltering in forests awaiting rescue, almost a week after flash floods and landslides hit northern India, wiping out villages and leaving at least 150 dead, officials say.

Helicopters and thousands of soldiers have…

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