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At least 23 dead following floods in northern India

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    Monday, June 17, 2013, 3:46 PM -

    At least 23 people are dead in northern India following torrential rains and floods that have washed away roads and buildings in the State of Uttarakhand.

    File photo of monsoon clouds over Lucknow (Wikimedia Commons)

    File photo of monsoon clouds over Lucknow (Wikimedia Commons)

    More than a dozen people died in Rudraprayag district alone, where at least 50 people have been reported missing.

    A landslide triggered by monsoon rains have washed away a bus, killing three and at least three others are missing after a three-storey building fell into a river before being swept away by the current.

    More than 10,000 people were stranded in a mountain near a Hindu shrine and had to be evacuated by helicopter after roads were blocked by landslides.

    In other areas, residents are trapped on their rooftops, awaiting help.

    The local government plans to distribute food and drinking water to affected areas.

    Water levels in the Ganges River, and in many smaller streams linked to it have surpassed safe levels, prompting officials to trigger flood alerts in several regions.

    With files from the Canadian Press

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