06/18/2013, 00.00
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Floods in India: more than 65 dead and 60 thousand people trapped by mud

The most affected areas are Uttarkhand (40 victims) and Uttar Pradesh (18), in the north of the country. Tens of thousands of pilgrims blocked. Heavy rains will continue for at least two days, flooding of the Ganges feared.

New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - More than 65 dead and at least 60 thousand people trapped: this is the provisional budget from four days of floods that have plagued the north of India. The State of Uttarkhand is the most affected, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Himanachal Pradesh. The rains show no sign of easing in the coming days and the Ganges, the sacred river that runs through the main northern states of the country, could overflow.

The most serious situation is that of Uttarkhand: waters engulfed 40 people and damaged more than 150 homes. At least one building was blown away. The 60 thousand people blocked by mud and landslides were pilgrims: called "Land of the Gods", the state is known for the many Hindu temples.

In Uttar Pradesh the most affected area is the district of Saharanpur, where 18 people have died. In Himanachal Pradesh landslides have killed a dozen people, all originating in the district of Kinnaur.

The police and the army have already started the rescue operation: Approximately 45 people were taken to safety in helicopters, while the centers close to rivers were transferred to refugee camps.


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