Thirty-four killed by violent flash flooding in Indian state of Uttarakhand


A mahout moves an elephant to higher ground as villagers paddle with their belongings through flood waters in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, some 55 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of the north-eastern state of Assam on June 28, 2012.



Thirty-four people have been killed by violent flash-flooding in the North Indian hill state of Uttarakhand, reported the Times of India, as locals attempt to pick up the pieces from a Saturday deluge. 

The Hindu reports that at least six people have been reported missing from the town of Gangotri, and that about 700 religious pilgrims were stranded after a bridge over the Gangotri River was swept away. 

The state government has allocated funds for victims, says the Hindustan Times. Police and aid workers continue to search for bodies amidst destroyed houses, says the Times of India. 

Hydroelectric projects have been put at risk by the deluge, the Hindustan Times added: 23 workers were swept away by the waters at the Assi Ganga power project, reports the Times of India, and damage has been reported at the Maneri Bhali phase I and phase II hydroelectric power projects. 

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