Tuesday, July 16, 2013

6,000 missing in India flood presumed dead

Voice of America: Nearly 6,000 people listed as missing after last month's heavy flooding in northern India are now presumed dead.

Authorities in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand had previously declared only 600 dead after flash floods and landslides struck the area destroying entire villages and leaving many stranded.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said Monday that those missing would be presumed dead and that their families will receive compensation of about $8,300.

The disaster affected not only residents of Uttarakhand but thousands of pilgrims and tourists who travel there yearly to visit remote Hindu religious sites.

India is accustomed to flooding from monsoon rains, but this year's downpours arrived a week ahead of schedule, sending people scrambling for high ground as rivers spilled over their banks....

Damage from 2012 flash floods in Uttarakhand, shot by European Commission DG ECHO, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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