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19 dead, dozens buried in India landslides

September 14, 2012
DEHRADUN, (India): At least 19 people in northern India died today in landslides and flashfloods triggered by heavy overnight monsoon rains and up to 30 others are missing, a rescue official told AFP.

The deaths occurred in the early hours after particularly heavy downpours in the Rudraprayag and Bageshwar districts of the scenic Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, said Piyush Rautela from the state disaster management cell.

A total of 14 bodies had been discovered in four villages in Rudraprayag and five other corpses were found in Bageshwar, Rautela said.

“We estimate that some 25 to 30 people are still buried under the rubble (in Rudraprayag),” Rautela added as rescue workers scrambled to locate survivors.

“Many people are missing but we fear that the chances of survival are negligible,” he said.

Uttarakhand has experienced heavy and constant rainfall since Wednesday.



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