Kedarnath turns into a ghost town

Monsoon’s fury gushed into Kedarnath town from the summit behind the famous temple, carrying rocks and boulders, destroying everything on its path. Three days of incessant rain washed down a whole state and turned a holy pilgrimage centre into nothing short of a ghost town.

When clouds burst over the sacred mountains,

even gods could not protect them. In the elemental fury of water and falling

hills, the dead multiplied on ravaged terrains and the living struggled in vain

to reach the far shores of survival. In one of its worst monsoons, the state of

Uttarakhand became a watery graveyard for hundreds and a monumental reminder of

how nature's rage can be compounded by man's callousness. The day after on

Ground Zero said it all.

Rotting corpses contaminating water sources and poor sanitation could lead to a serious outbreak of diseases such as cholera and dysentery. With many bodies still buried under 5-10 feet high mounds of debris in the Kedarnath Valley area, the threat of an epidemic due to decaying corpses looms large.

The floods and landslides have been dubbed a "Himalayan tsunami" due to the torrents of water unleashed in the hilly region, which sent mud crashing down, burying homes and other buildings.



In this picture taken June 25, 2013, vehicles wait on the either side following a landslide due to heavy rains between Rudraprayag and Srinagar. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this picture taken June 25, 2013, vehicles wait on the either side following a landslide due to heavy rains between Rudraprayag and Srinagar. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 26, 2013, ITBP personnel are seen during rescue operations through the collapsed roof of a house in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 26, 2013, ITBP personnel are seen during rescue operations through the collapsed roof of a house in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist stranded civilians in crossing a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist stranded civilians in crossing a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist a stranded civilian to safety beside a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist a stranded civilian to safety beside a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
An Indian security official gestures to clear the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
An Indian security official gestures to clear the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
An Indian security official clears the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
An Indian security official clears the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Indian security personnel stand guard at an entrance gate - seen covered with portraits of missing pilgrims - of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Indian security personnel stand guard at an entrance gate - seen covered with portraits of missing pilgrims - of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 27, 2013, Indian flash flood evacuees board a truck as heavy rain falls at Govindghat in northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / ITBP
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 27, 2013, Indian flash flood evacuees board a truck as heavy rain falls at Govindghat in northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / ITBP
Indian pilgrims, who were stranded in the Kedarnath region of northern Uttarkhand due to heavy rains and landslides, gesture on arrival at the railway station in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on June 25, 2013. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Indian pilgrims, who were stranded in the Kedarnath region of northern Uttarkhand due to heavy rains and landslides, gesture on arrival at the railway station in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on June 25, 2013. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 rescued people arrive at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 rescued people arrive at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 medical personel check rescued people at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KMAR
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 medical personel check rescued people at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KMAR
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 personel transport a rescued person on a stretcher from a helicopter at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 personel transport a rescued person on a stretcher from a helicopter at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP rescue stranded people with the help of mountaineering ropes and ladders in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP rescue stranded people with the help of mountaineering ropes and ladders in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Indian worker and a policeman push a motorcyclist on a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
Indian worker and a policeman push a motorcyclist on a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP assist a young girl near Badrinath in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP assist a young girl near Badrinath in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
An elderly Indian man looks out as he drives past a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
An elderly Indian man looks out as he drives past a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP revive a stranded person at Pandukeshwar in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP revive a stranded person at Pandukeshwar in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Indian workers load packaged water bottles and relief supplies onto a carriage of the 'Ahmedabad-Haridwar Mail' train at Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad on June 25, 2013. Two truck loads of relief material including packaged water, dry snacks, clothes and other items which have been donated have been dispatched from Ahmedabad to Haridwar for flood survivors in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. AFP PHOTO/Sam PANTHAKY
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
Indian workers load packaged water bottles and relief supplies onto a carriage of the 'Ahmedabad-Haridwar Mail' train at Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad on June 25, 2013. Two truck loads of relief material including packaged water, dry snacks, clothes and other items which have been donated have been dispatched from Ahmedabad to Haridwar for flood survivors in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. AFP PHOTO/Sam PANTHAKY
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 26, 2013, ITBP personnel are seen during rescue operations through the collapsed roof of a house in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 26, 2013, ITBP personnel are seen during rescue operations through the collapsed roof of a house in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist stranded civilians in crossing a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist stranded civilians in crossing a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist a stranded civilian to safety beside a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist a stranded civilian to safety beside a raging river near the Pindari Glacier area of northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD
An Indian security official gestures to clear the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
An Indian security official gestures to clear the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
An Indian security official clears the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
An Indian security official clears the road in front of portraits of missing pilgrims pasted on the gates of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Indian security personnel stand guard at an entrance gate - seen covered with portraits of missing pilgrims - of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Indian security personnel stand guard at an entrance gate - seen covered with portraits of missing pilgrims - of the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 27, 2013, Indian flash flood evacuees board a truck as heavy rain falls at Govindghat in northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / ITBP
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 27, 2013, Indian flash flood evacuees board a truck as heavy rain falls at Govindghat in northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / ITBP
Indian pilgrims, who were stranded in the Kedarnath region of northern Uttarkhand due to heavy rains and landslides, gesture on arrival at the railway station in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on June 25, 2013. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Indian pilgrims, who were stranded in the Kedarnath region of northern Uttarkhand due to heavy rains and landslides, gesture on arrival at the railway station in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on June 25, 2013. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 rescued people arrive at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 rescued people arrive at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 medical personel check rescued people at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KMAR
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 medical personel check rescued people at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KMAR
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 personel transport a rescued person on a stretcher from a helicopter at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on June 27, 2013 personel transport a rescued person on a stretcher from a helicopter at Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun in the northern Uttarakhand state. Rescue workers stepped up the search for bodies June 27 in India's flood ravaged north, as mass cremations of victims already discovered got underway amid fears of outbreaks of disease , officials and reports said. AFP PHOTO / MOD / NARESH KUMAR
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Rescuers make final push in Uttarakhand
Damaged houses are seen precariously above the flash flood-eroded Mandakini river in the town of Tilwara, around 30kms from Rudraprayag, on June 26, 2013. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned June 24 that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP rescue stranded people with the help of mountaineering ropes and ladders in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP rescue stranded people with the help of mountaineering ropes and ladders in Uttarkashi in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Indian worker and a policeman push a motorcyclist on a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
Indian worker and a policeman push a motorcyclist on a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP assist a young girl near Badrinath in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP assist a young girl near Badrinath in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
An elderly Indian man looks out as he drives past a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
An elderly Indian man looks out as he drives past a damaged section of road between Rudraprayag and Gauchar, at Gauchar on June 25, 2013, after flash flooding hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Some 1000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as a top official warned that rebuilding of the devastated Himalayan region would take years. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP revive a stranded person at Pandukeshwar in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 25, 2013, members of the ITBP revive a stranded person at Pandukeshwar in northern Uttarakhand state. Indian officials stepped up efforts on June 25 to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of thousands still stranded. AFP PHOTO/ITBP
Indian workers load packaged water bottles and relief supplies onto a carriage of the 'Ahmedabad-Haridwar Mail' train at Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad on June 25, 2013. Two truck loads of relief material including packaged water, dry snacks, clothes and other items which have been donated have been dispatched from Ahmedabad to Haridwar for flood survivors in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. AFP PHOTO/Sam PANTHAKY
Bad weather, landslides hurt rescue ops in Uttarakhand
Indian workers load packaged water bottles and relief supplies onto a carriage of the 'Ahmedabad-Haridwar Mail' train at Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad on June 25, 2013. Two truck loads of relief material including packaged water, dry snacks, clothes and other items which have been donated have been dispatched from Ahmedabad to Haridwar for flood survivors in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. AFP PHOTO/Sam PANTHAKY
Indian pilgrims wait to board a helicopter to be evacuated after they were stranded because of heavy flooding from near Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ STR
Uttarakhand rescue
Indian pilgrims wait to board a helicopter to be evacuated after they were stranded because of heavy flooding from near Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ STR
Indian pilgrims wait to board a helicopter to be evacuated after they were stranded because of heavy flooding from near Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ STR
Uttarakhand rescue
Indian pilgrims wait to board a helicopter to be evacuated after they were stranded because of heavy flooding from near Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ STR
An Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker clears a landslide across the road caused by overnight rains in Gauchar on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Uttarakhand rescue
An Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker clears a landslide across the road caused by overnight rains in Gauchar on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Rescue operations have intensified in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have also left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Uttarakhand rescue
Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Rescue operations have intensified in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have also left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Uttarakhand rescue
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Indian pilgrims wait to board a helicopter to be evacuated after they were stranded because of heavy flooding from near Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ STR
Uttarakhand rescue
Indian pilgrims wait to board a helicopter to be evacuated after they were stranded because of heavy flooding from near Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ STR
An Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker clears a landslide across the road caused by overnight rains in Gauchar on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Uttarakhand rescue
An Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker clears a landslide across the road caused by overnight rains in Gauchar on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Rescue operations have intensified in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have also left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Uttarakhand rescue
Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Rescue operations have intensified in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have also left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Uttarakhand rescue
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Uttarakhand rescue
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
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A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
An Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker clears a landslide across the road caused by overnight rains in Gauchar on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Uttarakhand rescue
An Indian Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker clears a landslide across the road caused by overnight rains in Gauchar on June 24, 2013. Indian priests are planning to cremate hundreds of flood victims on June 24, as heavy rains halted the search for thousands of tourists stranded in the devastated Himalayan region, officials said. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Rescue operations have intensified in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have also left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Uttarakhand rescue
Stranded Indian pilgrims wait to be rescued on the side of a river at Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Rescue operations have intensified in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have also left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Uttarakhand rescue
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Uttarakhand rescue
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
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A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
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A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel throw a rock with a rope attached across a river to help rescue pilgrims in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel throw a rock with a rope attached across a river to help rescue pilgrims in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday launched a research book, the first from a select group of 42 scholars, in Dharamsala. The book has been authored by Akhor Soepa, a scholar under a special scheme of the Education Department which funds research work of selected candidates. Lauding Soepa's work, Sangay said the department is doing good work by assisting worthy researchers. The book, with its traditional Tibetan content, will be an insightful guide for educators. The book launch event was attended by Education Secretary Ngawang Rabgyal, Director of the Education Council Tsering Samdup, and teachers and principals of many Tibetan institutes.
Tibetan PM in exile launches research book
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday launched a research book, the first from a select group of 42 scholars, in Dharamsala. The book has been authored by Akhor Soepa, a scholar under a special scheme of the Education Department which funds research work of selected candidates. Lauding Soepa's work, Sangay said the department is doing good work by assisting worthy researchers. The book, with its traditional Tibetan content, will be an insightful guide for educators. The book launch event was attended by Education Secretary Ngawang Rabgyal, Director of the Education Council Tsering Samdup, and teachers and principals of many Tibetan institutes.
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
Uttarakhand rescue
In this handout photograph received from the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 24, 2013 members of the ITBP rescue stranded villagers along a rope bridge fixed across the Alaknanda river at Lambagad en route to Badrinath. Around 1,000 people have been killed in flash floods and landslides in northern India, as heavy rains halted the search on June 24 for thousands of tourists still stranded in the devastated Himalayan regions, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-----
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
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A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel aid flood evacuees across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
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A group of 101 persons, including 21 children, were safely evacuated by the special operations C-130J aircraft, which are customised for covert special operations and are capable of landing at makeshift and short runways, on June 20, 2013 in Ghaziabad, India. The group was later sent to their destinations at bus-terminals and railway stations in Delhi by special city buses deployed by Ghaziabad administration. IAF has so far flown around 150 sorties and evacuated over 1,400 people from places, including the worst-affected Kedarnath-Gaurikund axis.
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel throw a rock with a rope attached across a river to help rescue pilgrims in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel throw a rock with a rope attached across a river to help rescue pilgrims in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday launched a research book, the first from a select group of 42 scholars, in Dharamsala. The book has been authored by Akhor Soepa, a scholar under a special scheme of the Education Department which funds research work of selected candidates. Lauding Soepa's work, Sangay said the department is doing good work by assisting worthy researchers. The book, with its traditional Tibetan content, will be an insightful guide for educators. The book launch event was attended by Education Secretary Ngawang Rabgyal, Director of the Education Council Tsering Samdup, and teachers and principals of many Tibetan institutes.
Tibetan PM in exile launches research book
Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday launched a research book, the first from a select group of 42 scholars, in Dharamsala. The book has been authored by Akhor Soepa, a scholar under a special scheme of the Education Department which funds research work of selected candidates. Lauding Soepa's work, Sangay said the department is doing good work by assisting worthy researchers. The book, with its traditional Tibetan content, will be an insightful guide for educators. The book launch event was attended by Education Secretary Ngawang Rabgyal, Director of the Education Council Tsering Samdup, and teachers and principals of many Tibetan institutes.
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel prepare to maneuver a flood evacuee across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 21, 2013, ITBP personnel prepare to maneuver a flood evacuee across a raging river in Ghangaria following heavy rain in the region. Rescue workers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India on June 21, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides topped 200, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck across the border in Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the government there said. AFP PHOTO/ITBP ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/ITBP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence on June 23, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist rescued civilians from the Gangotri area after being flown to safety on board an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter at Dharasu in Uttarakhand state on June 22, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in rain-ravaged northern India where the death toll from landslides and flash floods was likely to rise up to 1,000 with thousands of pilgrims and tourists still stranded in remote mountains without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence on June 23, 2013, Indian defence personnel assist rescued civilians from the Gangotri area after being flown to safety on board an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter at Dharasu in Uttarakhand state on June 22, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in rain-ravaged northern India where the death toll from landslides and flash floods was likely to rise up to 1,000 with thousands of pilgrims and tourists still stranded in remote mountains without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence on June 23, 2013, rescued civilians from the Gangotri area walk away after being flown to safety on an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter at Dharasu in Uttarakhand state on June 22, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in rain-ravaged northern India where the death toll from landslides and flash floods was likely to rise up to 1,000 with thousands of pilgrims and tourists still stranded in remote mountains without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence on June 23, 2013, rescued civilians from the Gangotri area walk away after being flown to safety on an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter at Dharasu in Uttarakhand state on June 22, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in rain-ravaged northern India where the death toll from landslides and flash floods was likely to rise up to 1,000 with thousands of pilgrims and tourists still stranded in remote mountains without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence on June 23, 2013, rescued foreign tourists and Indian civilians from the Gangotri area are seen inside the cargo hold of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter at Dharasu in Uttarakhand state on June 22, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in rain-ravaged northern India where the death toll from landslides and flash floods was likely to rise up to 1,000 with thousands of pilgrims and tourists still stranded in remote mountains without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence on June 23, 2013, rescued foreign tourists and Indian civilians from the Gangotri area are seen inside the cargo hold of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter at Dharasu in Uttarakhand state on June 22, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in rain-ravaged northern India where the death toll from landslides and flash floods was likely to rise up to 1,000 with thousands of pilgrims and tourists still stranded in remote mountains without food or water for days. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/GURUDUTT MEHRA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
A stranded Indian pilgrim is transported across a river using a rope rescue system by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel provide assistance as stranded Indian pilgrims make their way up a mountain after a section of road was washed away in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel provide assistance as stranded Indian pilgrims make their way up a mountain after a section of road was washed away in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel carry a child as they provide rescue assistance for stranded Indian pilgrims after a section of road was washed away in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel carry a child as they provide rescue assistance for stranded Indian pilgrims after a section of road was washed away in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel use a rope rescue system to transport stranded pilgrims across a river in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel use a rope rescue system to transport stranded pilgrims across a river in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Indian children, who were evacuvated due to rising waters, sit outside makeshift shelters on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi on June 21, 2013. Nearly 5,000 people in the city have been evacuated from low-lying areas like Usmanpur, Yamuna Bazar, Bhajanpura, Shastri Park and Tibetan Market, and shifted to over 900 relief camps set up by the city government. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
Indian children, who were evacuvated due to rising waters, sit outside makeshift shelters on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi on June 21, 2013. Nearly 5,000 people in the city have been evacuated from low-lying areas like Usmanpur, Yamuna Bazar, Bhajanpura, Shastri Park and Tibetan Market, and shifted to over 900 relief camps set up by the city government. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / Noah SEELAM
Stranded Indian pilgrims make their way down a mountain after a section of road was washed away in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
Stranded Indian pilgrims make their way down a mountain after a section of road was washed away in Govind Ghat on June 23, 2013. Bad weather hampered rescue operations June 23 in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Dramatic images of Uttarakhand rescue operations
In this handout photograph released by the Indian Ministry of Defence, Indian military personnel help rescue pilgrims that were stranded by flood waters in Uttarakhand state, on June 22, 2013. Relief teams were racing against time June 22 to rescue tens of thousands of stranded people in rain-ravaged northern India as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600. Floods and landslides from monsoon rains have also struck neighbouring Nepal, leaving at least 39 people dead, the Nepalese government said. AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Members of the Indian Army evacuate an injured person during a search and rescue operation in the Chamoli district in the northern Uttarakhand state on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO
Flood In Yamuna River
Members of the Indian Army evacuate an injured person during a search and rescue operation in the Chamoli district in the northern Uttarakhand state on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO
A team of army personal preparing for rescue of the people stranded at disaster affected areas on June 18, 2013 in Rudraprayag, India. Hundreds of people and tourists were stranded at various places after landslides triggered by incessant rains in Uttrakhand. (Photo by Badri Nautiyal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Rescue Operations To Evacuate Stranded People In Uttrakhand And Himachal Pradesh
A team of army personal preparing for rescue of the people stranded at disaster affected areas on June 18, 2013 in Rudraprayag, India. Hundreds of people and tourists were stranded at various places after landslides triggered by incessant rains in Uttrakhand. (Photo by Badri Nautiyal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
In this photograph received from the Indian Army on June 20, 2013, members of the Indian Defence Forces tend to a patient at a field hospital following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
North India floods: Army leads rescue operations
In this photograph received from the Indian Army on June 20, 2013, members of the Indian Defence Forces tend to a patient at a field hospital following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this photograph received from the Indian Army on June 20, 2013, members of the Indian Defence Forces tend to patients at a field hospital following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
North India floods: Army leads rescue operations
In this photograph received from the Indian Army on June 20, 2013, members of the Indian Defence Forces tend to patients at a field hospital following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this photograph received from the Indian Army on June 20, 2013, members of the Indian Defence Forces assist an evacuee out of a helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
North India floods: Army leads rescue operations
In this photograph received from the Indian Army on June 20, 2013, members of the Indian Defence Forces assist an evacuee out of a helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2013, Indian military personnel unload relief supplies from an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
North India floods: Army leads rescue operations
In this photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2013, Indian military personnel unload relief supplies from an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2013, rescued flood evacuees are pictured inside the cargo bay of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
North India floods: Army leads rescue operations
In this photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2013, rescued flood evacuees are pictured inside the cargo bay of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2013, rescued flood evacuees alight from an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
North India floods: Army leads rescue operations
In this photograph received from the Ministry of Defence on June 20, 2013, rescued flood evacuees alight from an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter following flash floods in the northern Uttarakhand state. India's military battled on June 20 to reach villages and towns cut off by flash floods and landslides in the country's north as officials warned at least 1,000 people may have been killed. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Flood In Yamuna River
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers up a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
Monsoon fury
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers up a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Monsoon fury
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers down a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
Monsoon fury
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers down a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Flood In Yamuna River
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Monsoon fury
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Flood In Yamuna River
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers up a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
Monsoon fury
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers up a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Monsoon fury
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers down a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
Monsoon fury
Indian army officials help travellers and villagers down a steep slope after they were stranded by the rising floodwaters of the River Alaknanda near Govindghat, Chamoli District in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Military helicopters have carried out emergency food drops June 19, for thousands of people stranded by flash flooding from early monsoon rains which has killed at least 120 in northern India, officials said. AFP PHOTO/STR
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Flood In Yamuna River
In this photograph received from the Defence Ministry on June 19, 2013 members of the Indian Defence Forces rescue stranded villagers in the northern Uttarakhand state. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/DEFENCE MINISTRY ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO / DEFENCE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Monsoon fury
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, Indian security personnel supervise residents and travellers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Buses and trucks are submerged in the rising waters of the Yamuna River near the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
Buses and trucks are submerged in the rising waters of the Yamuna River near the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Buses and trucks are submerged in the rising waters of the Yamuna River near the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
Buses and trucks are submerged in the rising waters of the Yamuna River near the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
In this photograph received from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on June 19, 2013 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is pictured in flight making an aerial survey of disaster affected areas of Uttarakhand. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
Flood In Yamuna River
In this photograph received from the Press Information Bureau (PIB) on June 19, 2013 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is pictured in flight making an aerial survey of disaster affected areas of Uttarakhand. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - "AFP PHOTO/PIB/AMIT AMRIT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -----
An Indian man looks at damage to a road during heavy monsoon rains near Govindghat town in the Indian state of Uttrakhand on June 17, 2013. Heavy rains lashed parts of north India Monday, resulting in the deaths of at least 18 people, as the annual monsoon covered the country nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, officials said. More than a dozen people lost their lives due to record downpours in Uttarakhand state, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, a local official said. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
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An Indian man looks at damage to a road during heavy monsoon rains near Govindghat town in the Indian state of Uttrakhand on June 17, 2013. Heavy rains lashed parts of north India Monday, resulting in the deaths of at least 18 people, as the annual monsoon covered the country nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, officials said. More than a dozen people lost their lives due to record downpours in Uttarakhand state, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, a local official said. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Shopkeepers and residents use a boat to traverse through the rising waters of the Yamuna River at the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
Shopkeepers and residents use a boat to traverse through the rising waters of the Yamuna River at the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
An Indian boy carries essentials as he wades through the rising waters of the Yamuna River at the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
An Indian boy carries essentials as he wades through the rising waters of the Yamuna River at the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Vehicles pass along a water logged road as the waters of the Yamuna River rise in New Delhi on June 20, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
Vehicles pass along a water logged road as the waters of the Yamuna River rise in New Delhi on June 20, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Indian workers from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) clear a clogged drain on a water logged road as the waters of the Yamuna River rise in New Delhi on June 20, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
Indian workers from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) clear a clogged drain on a water logged road as the waters of the Yamuna River rise in New Delhi on June 20, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of people stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India and neighbouring Nepal, killing more than 160, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Shopkeepers make use of a boat as they wade through the rising waters of the Yamuna River at the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Flood In Yamuna River
Shopkeepers make use of a boat as they wade through the rising waters of the Yamuna River at the Tibetan market in New Delhi on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH
Hindu devotees return after taking a holy dip at Sangam as the water level of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers rises in Allahabad on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September, usually brings some flooding but the heavy rains arrived early this year. AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA
Flood In Yamuna River
Hindu devotees return after taking a holy dip at Sangam as the water level of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers rises in Allahabad on June 19, 2013. Military helicopters dropped emergency supplies June 19 to thousands of tourists and pilgrims stranded by flash floods that tore through towns and temples in northern India, killing at least 138 people, officials said. The monsoon, which covers the subcontinent from June to September, usually brings some flooding but the heavy rains arrived early this year. AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA
People watching the flooded river Yamuna after heavy monsoon rains from Iron bridge on June 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Several low-lying areas along the Yamuna were today flooded as the water level in the river was flowing two metres above the danger mark and inching towards touching the highest level of 207.49 m. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Flood In Yamuna River
People watching the flooded river Yamuna after heavy monsoon rains from Iron bridge on June 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Several low-lying areas along the Yamuna were today flooded as the water level in the river was flowing two metres above the danger mark and inching towards touching the highest level of 207.49 m. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
People watching the flooded river Yamuna after heavy monsoon rains from Iron bridge on June 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Several low-lying areas along the Yamuna were today flooded as the water level in the river was flowing two metres above the danger mark and inching towards touching the highest level of 207.49 m. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Flood In Yamuna River
People watching the flooded river Yamuna after heavy monsoon rains from Iron bridge on June 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Several low-lying areas along the Yamuna were today flooded as the water level in the river was flowing two metres above the danger mark and inching towards touching the highest level of 207.49 m. (Photo By Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
In this handout photograph released by The Ministry of Defence on June 18, 2013, shows an aerial view of flood damage in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Rain ravage around Kedarnath temple
In this handout photograph released by The Ministry of Defence on June 18, 2013, shows an aerial view of flood damage in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, debris carried by floodwaters of the River Alaknanda crashes against a Hindu Temple in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Rain ravage around Kedarnath temple
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, debris carried by floodwaters of the River Alaknanda crashes against a Hindu Temple in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, floodwaters of the River Alaknanda pass by the debris of a shattered roadway in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Monsoon fury
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, floodwaters of the River Alaknanda pass by the debris of a shattered roadway in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this handout photograph released by The Ministry of Defence on June 18, 2013, shows an aerial view of flood damage in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Rain ravage around Kedarnath temple
In this handout photograph released by The Ministry of Defence on June 18, 2013, shows an aerial view of flood damage in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / MINISTRY OF DEFENCE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, debris carried by floodwaters of the River Alaknanda crashes against a Hindu Temple in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Rain ravage around Kedarnath temple
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, debris carried by floodwaters of the River Alaknanda crashes against a Hindu Temple in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, floodwaters of the River Alaknanda pass by the debris of a shattered roadway in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Monsoon fury
In this handout photograph released by The Indian Army on June 18, 2013, floodwaters of the River Alaknanda pass by the debris of a shattered roadway in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013. Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 60 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said. Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said. -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDIAN ARMY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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