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June 21, 2013
Death toll in Indian monsoon flooding nears 600

JOSHIMATH, India (AP) -- Rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous northern India to nearly 600 Friday, officials said.

The air force dropped paratroopers, food and medicine for people trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off since Sunday in the Himalayan state of Uttrakhand where thousands of people are stranded, many of them Hindu pilgrims who were visiting four shrines in the area.

Uttrakhand state Chief Minister Vijay Bahguna said 556 bodies have been noticed buried deep in slush and the army was trying to recover them. He spoke to CNN-IBN television channel on Friday.

The annual monsoon rains sustain India's agriculture but also cause flooding that claims lives and damages property. Neighboring Uttar Pradesh state said 17 flood-related deaths occurred there since the heavy rains Sunday.

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Indian people rescue a pony with the help of a rope from the Mandakini river at Gauri Kund, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Friday, June 21, 2013. AP /
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A young Indian boy, suffering from fever, lies on a cot at a makeshift tent provided by the government for people displaced by floods along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 21, 2013. AP / Saurabh Das
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Indian pilgrims wait to be evacuated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter to a safer place at Gauri Kund, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Friday, June 21, 2013. AP /
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Indian pilgrims wait to be evacuated by the Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter to a safer place at Gauri Kund, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Friday, June 21, 2013. AP /
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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, in uniform, help stranded pilgrims on a makeshift bridge cross a stream of gushing floodwater at Govind Ghati, in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Friday, June 21, 2013. AP /
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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) use a rope to rescue stranded pilgrims cross a river swollen by flood waters at Govind Ghat, in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India on Thursday June 20, 2013. AP /
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A man snaps pictures in an area devastated following heavy monsoon rains at Kedarnath, in the northern Indian state of Uttrakhand on Thursday June 20, 2013. AP /
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Indian Air Force personnel carry stranded pilgrims rescued from northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India on Thursday June 20, 2013. AP /
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Indian pilgrims wait to be evacuated at Kedarnath, in northern Indian state of Uttrakhand, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP /
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Indian Air Force personnel unload relief material from a helicopter at Guptakashi near Kedarnath in Uttrakhand, India, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP /
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A flood hit family consoles each other after being evacuated by helicopter from upper reaches of Uttrakhand, in Dehradun, India, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP /
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A flood hit couple console one another after being evacuated by helicopter from the upper reaches of Uttrakhand, in Dehradun, India, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP /
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A child looks out of tent at a makeshift home for people whose houses are submerged in flood water in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP / Tsering Topgyal
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Children have fun as they splash around in a flooded area along the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP / Tsering Topgyal
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Houses along the banks of the Yamuna River lie submerged in flood water in New Delhi, India, Thursday, June 20, 2013. AP / Tsering Topgyal
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Indian people use a boat to cross a Tibetan market along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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A Tibetan refugee wades through flood waters along the banks of the river Yamuna to reach safer place, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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An Indian man wades through floodwaters along the banks of the Yamuna River to reach a safer place at a Tibetan market, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Tibetan refugees watch from a boat as they cross a monastery in New Delhi along the banks of the river Yamuna to reach safer place at a Tibetan market, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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Tibetan refugees use a boat to cross a market along the banks of the river Yamuna, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. AP / Manish Swarup
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A man drags a trunk to higher ground after floodwaters inundated homes along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. AP / Saurabh Das
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From a flyover, a young Indian girl watches buses and trucks submerged in the rising water of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. I AP / Tsering Topgyal
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Indian army soldiers help a flood affected man after being evacuated by helicopter from the upper reaches of mountains in Joshimath, India, Wednesday, June 21, 2013. AP / Rafiq Maqbool
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Indian army personnel rescue stranded pilgrims to a safe place in one of the worst flood affected region in Govind Ghat, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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Indian army personnel rescue stranded children and other people to a safe place in the worst flood affected region of Govind Ghat, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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An Indian army personnel carries a stranded woman pilgrim to a safer area in Chamoli district, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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People gather to watch a bridge submerged in the flooded water of the River Ganges in Rudraprayag, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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Houses are partly submerged in the flooded Alaknanda River in Govind Ghat, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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Indian people cross the Laxman Jhula, or an iron suspension bridge, over the flooded River Ganges in Rishikesh, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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Houses are partly submerged in the flooded River Ganges in Uttarakashi district, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Tuesday, June 18, 2013. AP /
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Indian people walk on a road which was caved in after incessant rains on Rishikesh-Mana highway near Joshimath district in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP /
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Indian people gather at the site of a road accident on the Hardiwar-Mana national highway, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, Monday, June 17, 2013. AP /

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