Deadly monsoon in Uttarakhand, India
Rescue workers are racing to reach tens of thousands of people stranded in rain-ravaged northern India, as the number killed in the flooding nears 600. Scores of bodies have been pulled from the swollen River Ganges after torrential monsoon rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand earlier than predicted. Raging rivers have swept away houses, buildings and entire villages, and destroyed bridges and narrow roads leading to pilgrimage towns in the mountainous state, which is known as the Land of the Gods for its revered Hindu shrines. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who arrived in the state capital Dehradun on Saturday, said 73,000 people had been rescued so far with up to 32,000 still stranded.