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Floods worsen in northern India

Friday, August 02, 2013 - 00:36

Aug. 2 - Flooding in India's northern Uttar Pradesh worsens with heavy rains, displacing hundreds of people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Flooding in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has worsened, leading to surges in the water levels of the river Ganges. Hundreds of people have been displaced as river waters have inundated homes, forcing residents of the city of Varanasi to leave. Tributaries of the Ganges including the Sharda, Ghaghra and Saryu rivers, are flowing above the danger mark in several districts. Record rains in June caused devastating landslides and flooded rivers in the Uttarakhand region or northern India. This trapped tens of thousands of Hindu devotees, who flock there each year on pilgrimages to the temple towns. The official deathtoll from the disaster stands at 580. Nearly 6,000 people are still missing. The disaster, dubbed a "Himalayan tsunami" by officials and media, prompted one of the largest airlifts in the history of the Indian air force, as helicopters flew hundreds of sorties to rescue residents and pilgrims and drop thousands of kilos of relief goods. Officials say more than 100,000 people were rescued.

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Floods worsen in northern India

Friday, August 02, 2013 - 00:36