At least 34 dead amid heavy rains in northern India as flooding overwhelms country

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At least 34 people have died in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand following heavy rains, the state’s chief minister said, adding that rescue teams were working to free those stranded on Wednesday.

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Aerial footage of the affected areas showed rivers and villages partially submerged in flood waters.

“The floods have caused huge damage… crops have been destroyed,” Pushkar Singh Dhami told Reuters partner ANI after surveying the damage late on Tuesday.

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“Local people are facing lot of problems, roads are flooded, bridges have been washed away. So far 34 people have died and we are trying to normalize the situation at the earliest.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he is “suffering” from the loss of life.

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is particularly vulnerable to floods. More than 200 people were feared dead after a hydroelectric dam washed away in a flash flood in February.

Unseasonal heavy rains across India have caused deadly floods in many parts of the country in recent days. Authorities in the southern state of Kerala said on Monday that more than 20 people were killed in the landslide.

(Reporting by Alasdair Pal; Editing by Jane Wardell)

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