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Soldiers continue flood rescue effort

on June 22, 2013 10:10 AM

GOVINDGHAT, India (AP) — Soldiers were working to evacuate tens of thousands of people still stranded today in northern India where nearly 600 people have been killed in monsoon flooding and landslides.

With bad weather and heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days, there was an added urgency to reach the approximately 50,000 people still stranded in the flood-hit Uttarakhand state, federal Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.

Since helicopters could rescue only small groups of people at a time, Shinde said army troops were opening up another road route to the Hindu temple town of Kedarnath, worst hit by the floods. More than 250 people have taken shelter in Kedarnath’s main temple and are waiting to be rescued, he said.

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