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30 rescued from floods in N India

Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 00:45

Aug 3 - The Indian Air Force rescues at least 30 people trapped in flood-hit areas of Indian Kashmir. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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The Indian Air Force rescued at least 30 people trapped by raging flood waters in the Kathua district of northern India's Kashmir state on Friday. Flood waters from the Ujh River inundated villages, leaving some trapped on small islands and causing widespread destruction. Authorities said water levels river rose well above the danger mark. The Air Force was called in after other security personnel failed to reach some villagers in remote areas. The Indian monsoon runs from June to September and is vital for agriculture. But heavy rains frequently cause problems for millions of people, devastating crops and homes and sparking outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and dysentery. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by the early monsoon in June killed hundreds in the northern Uttarakhand state and some 6000 people missing. Experts say decades of mass deforestation in many flood-prone areas have led to soil erosion. The soil sediment is then washed downstream, building up in river beds, and raising the levels of water far higher than normal.

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30 rescued from floods in N India

Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 00:45