Hundreds dead in India monsoon

The death toll from monsoon flooding in northern India surpassed 500. The Indian government has launched a multi-million rupee aid package after thousands of houses were swept away in flash floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

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Army launch major rescue operation in India

The Indian Army has launched a major rescue operation to help families stranded by recent heavy flooding in the north of the country.

Helicopters are being used to rescue people from remote regions but further heavy rain is hampering efforts. The death toll from the floods now stands at 680.

Members of the Indian armed forces help carry supplies to flood victims
Members of the Indian armed forces help carry supplies to flood victims Credit: RTV

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40 monsoon victims found dead at Hindu shrine in India

Piles of bodies were found at the Hindu shrine in Kedarnath. Credit: RTV

Forty bodies have been found at a Hindu shrine in India's Uttarakhand province after it was hit by the country's devastating flooding and landslides.

Rescue teams recovered 23 bodies at the site in Kedarnath, a day after 17 bodies has been removed. The victims were among hundreds killed in the flash flooding.

Indian officials, meanwhile, have said they hope to reach and evacuate all those who remain stranded in isolated hills in the region by the end of the weekend.

Thousands flee monsoon flooding in India

Thousands of people have been evacuated from towns and villages in northern India after heavy monsoon flooding, which has killed more than 500 people, the Associated Press reports.

A child is carried by soldiers to help him climb down a hill during a rescue operation Credit: Reuters

Many roads and bridges have been washed by the floods and landslides and helicopters have used to transport people to safer areas.

A displaced girl sleeps outside her makeshift tent at a camp after heavy rains in New Delhi. Credit: Reuters
Survivors at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand Credit: Reuters

India monsoon flooding death toll 'nears 600'

The death toll from monsoon flooding and landslides in northern India has risen to nearly 600, the Associated Press reports, citing local officials.

The Chief Minister of the state of Uttrakhand Vijay Bahguna said 556 bodies had been found buried deep in slush and the army was trying to recover them.

Another 40 bodies were discovered floating in the River Ganges near the Hindu holy city of Haridwar, said police officer Rajiv Swaroop.

Report: Nine killed after building collapse in Mumbai

At least nine people were killed today and 14 injured when a residential building collapsed on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai, Reuters reports citing local media.

Rescue workers have been searching the debris for survivors amid heavy rain caused by an annual monsoon.

A building has collapsed in the Thane district of Mumbai. Credit: APTN
Emergency workers at the scene of the collapsed building. Credit: APTN
Heavy rain has hampered efforts at the scene. Credit: Reuters

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The aftermath of monsoon rains in northern India

Heavy monsoon rains in northern India have claimed the lives of than 500 people in the state of Uttrakhand.

Tens of thousands of people are believed to be stranded after flooding that has swollen the Ganges - the country's longest river - and landslides.

Children displaced by the rising waters of the river Yamuna wait to receive aid in New Delhi. Credit: Reuters
A submerged statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva stands in the flooded waters of river Ganges Credit: Reuters

The army is involved in the operation to rescue people and also recover bodies that have been buried in slush.

Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand Credit: Reuters

Thousands of pilgrims stranded after India monsoon

Tens of thousands, mostly pilgrims, have been left stranded in the Indian state of Uttarakhan, after a monsoon caused heavy flooding and landslides, the Associated Press reports.

More than 500 people are known have died and a search and recovery operation is ongoing.

Hundreds of people wait to cross a bridge across flood waters one by one. Credit: APTN
A man crosses the bridge to safety. Credit: APTN

Read: More than 500 killed after flooding in India

Report: More than 500 killed after flooding in India

An official in northern India has said that the death toll from monsoon flooding has surpassed 500, the Associated Press reports.

The Indian government has launched a multi-million rupee aid package after thousands of houses were swept away in flash floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Flood damage in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand Credit: Reuters

Army helicopters are working round the clock to bring in supplies for the stranded and bereaved people in the hill state.

Earlier, India's Interior Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, stated that the death toll had reached 207, but said he expected is to rise as emergency workers searched the debris.

Helicopters are working round the clock to bring aid to displaced people Credit: Reuters