Indian floods: thousands stranded in northern Himalayas

Associated Press: The Indian air force has dropped food and medicine to assist tens of thousands of people trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off by monsoon rains and landslides in the northern Himalayas. Soldiers and other workers reopened dozens of roads by building makeshift bridges, accelerating the evacuation of nearly 62,000 people, said a Uttarakhand state spokesman, Amit Chandola. More than 2,000 vehicles carrying stranded Hindu pilgrims have travelled from the area since Thursday, he said.......

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