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Scores killed as monsoon sweeps north India

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 - 01:23

June 19 - Flooding has killed scores and stranded tens of thousands more in northern India as water levels rise dangerously in New Delhi. Miriam Berger reports.

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Travellers visiting India's Uttarakand Province play the waiting game, stranded by early monsoon floods. The heavy rains arrived a month early and have caused widespread flooding across northwest and central India, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Rescue operations are underway after the swollen River Ganges, India's longest, killed at least 60 people, swept away houses and left tens of thousands stranded. The district has set up dozens of camps to provide food and water for about 5,000 pilgrims and tourists surprised by the floods while visiting local holy sites. Over in New Delhi, the swollen Yamuna River has been uprooting trees and submerging temples and shanty towns. Water levels crossed the danger mark here on Wednesday, prompting residents to prepare for the worst. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) LOCAL RESIDENT ASEEM, SAYING: "The water level is expected to rise. We will have to remove our shop from this place, if the water level rises, we cannot have our shop here. It is already half submerged, my tea shop is already half submerged, I don't know what I will do." India is one of the world's biggest producers and consumers of grains and about 55 percent of its farmland relies on the annaul monsoon for water. The rains have been at least twice as heavy as usual.

Scores killed as monsoon sweeps north India

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 - 01:23

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