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.

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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.