India flood rescues continue as nation prays for victims, survivors
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 00:47
June 25 - As India continues to rescue victims of devastating floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand which have left at least 680 dead, the rest of the country prays for victims including 19 members of one family who perished during a pilgrimage to the affected area. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Thousands of Indian defense personnel and other para-military units were involved in rescue operations in northern India on Tuesday (June 25), where devastating floods have left at least 680 dead and many thousands more still stranded.
India's Air Force and Army helicopters picked up a group of stranded pilgrims which included Hindu saints, one of whom told reporters they had been stranded for four days and ate "biscuits for sustenance."
Among the flood victims were 17 members of a single family who had been on a pilgrimage in the affected area. The two sole surviving family members reportedly witnessed their loved ones being washed away in the flood waters and were returned home on Monday to a tearful reunion in the eastern state of Odisha.
Prayers were held across India on Tuesday for those who have died in the floods, as well as for the well-being of survivors and those still stranded. In Punjab, worshippers came to the Golden Temple where donations to help victims were also being collected.
Officials have warned the death toll could soar as debris and roads are cleared following what many are calling a "Himalayan Tsunami".
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