Over 70,000 people are still stranded, after unprecedented floods and landslides devastated Uttarakhand state earlier this week. Hundreds of villages and thousands of lives are feared to be lost, as the monsoon dropped 5-6 times the normal amount of rain. Flooded rivers destroyed the area surrounding the Kedarnath temple and other busy pilgrimage sites, sweeping away 90 rest-houses at Kedarnath alone.
Rescue is extremely difficult because over 500 roads and the terrain is extremely treacherous. The rescuers, who include the central and state government, the Border Police, and the Army, have saved more than 22,000 people. But continuing rain has grounded rescue helicopters, and the Army is planning to send in 10,000 troops. After the rescue, local villagers will need substantial long-term assistance because their homes, farms, and businesses were devoured in the space of few days. (Source: Hindustan Times)
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