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Via Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/58-dead-over-58000-trapped-as-rain-batters-Uttarakhand-UP/articleshow/20642952.cms

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LUCKNOW/DEHRADUN: Rain lashed Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, taking up the toll to 58 and leaving over 58,000 people wet and miserable after they got stranded.

The meteorological department predicted more rainfall over the next two days in northern India.

Officials continued with the rescue operations in rain-hit areas as the toll in the two states climbed to 58. While 40 perished in the torrential downpour in Uttarakhand, 18 people died in Saharanpur district of UP.

Sources say more than 58,000 people are stranded at different places on the route of the Chardham Yatra - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

The onward trip to Hemkunt Saheb - the sacred pilgrimage for Sikhs - has also been abandoned for now, officials say.

At many places while the gushing rivers have washed away roads and caused land slides, flood waters has entered several villages on banks of the Alaknanda river.

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra has also been stopped for now.

The Ganga is flowing two metres above the danger mark and an alert has been sounded and people have been asked to desist from bathing in the holy river.

Army officials say bases have been made for rescue operations in Bareilly and Sarsawa.

Members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are however unable to move further from Dehradun owing to inclement weather.

Fourteen choppers of the Indian Army have also been put on standby for rescue operations.

Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna while admitting that the situation was "grave", said that the government was working swiftly to rescue people stranded at different places and providing relief to the flood effected areas.

The public works department (PWD) of Uttarakhand has confirmed "serious damage" to 450 roads in the state.

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Re: 58 dead, over 58,000 trapped as rain batters Uttarakhand, UP
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 01:54:55 AM »
Monsoon season?

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Re: 58 dead, over 58,000 trapped as rain batters Uttarakhand, UP
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2013, 01:57:10 AM »
Monsoon season?

It's usually late June to September, started early this year and much harder than usual.
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Re: 58 dead, over 58,000 trapped as rain batters Uttarakhand, UP
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2013, 01:59:14 AM »
It's usually late June to September, started early this year and much harder than usual.

There has been signs our monsoon is going to start earlier than later this year.. I hope it does, we need the rain.

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Re: 58 dead, over 58,000 trapped as rain batters Uttarakhand, UP
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2013, 02:01:33 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22947552

A few pictures of the flooding and damage.
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Re: 58 dead, over 58,000 trapped as rain batters Uttarakhand, UP
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2013, 02:07:22 AM »
amazing......


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