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A soldier walks past flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of rescue personnel who died in a chopper crash during a guard of honour ceremony in Dehradun in Uttarakhand June 28, 2013. An Indian Air Force rescue helicopter crashed on Tuesday, killing 20 people on board. The air force said the helicopter was delivering wood and trying to bring out survivors, many of them Hindu pilgrims and tourists, from inundated areas on the...more

A soldier walks past flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of rescue personnel who died in a chopper crash during a guard of honour ceremony in Dehradun in Uttarakhand June 28, 2013. An Indian Air Force rescue helicopter crashed on Tuesday, killing 20 people on board. The air force said the helicopter was delivering wood and trying to bring out survivors, many of them Hindu pilgrims and tourists, from inundated areas on the banks of the sacred Ganges river, where houses and apartment blocks were washed away in the foothills of the Himalayas. REUTERS/Stringer

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Soldiers load flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of rescue personnel who died in a chopper crash onto vehicles after a guard of honour ceremony in Dehradun in Uttarakhand June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Soldiers load flag-draped coffins containing the bodies of rescue personnel who died in a chopper crash onto vehicles after a guard of honour ceremony in Dehradun in Uttarakhand June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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A submerged truck is stuck in the mud during floods in Uttarakhand June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A submerged truck is stuck in the mud during floods in Uttarakhand June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Relatives of missing people, affected by the flash floods and landslides, display their photographs outside the Indian Air Force base in Dehradun, in Uttarakhand June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Relatives of missing people, affected by the flash floods and landslides, display their photographs outside the Indian Air Force base in Dehradun, in Uttarakhand June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A security personal opens a gate covered in posters of missing people, affected by the flash floods and landslides, at the Indian Air Force base in Dehradun, in Uttarakhand June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A security personal opens a gate covered in posters of missing people, affected by the flash floods and landslides, at the Indian Air Force base in Dehradun, in Uttarakhand June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel search for flood victims in a damaged house in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand in this handout photo released on June 26, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout via Reuters

Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel search for flood victims in a damaged house in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand in this handout photo released on June 26, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout via Reuters

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Workers repair a road damaged by a landslide, which was caused by heavy rainfall, as their children listen to songs on a mobile phone in Chamba, in Uttarakhand June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Workers repair a road damaged by a landslide, which was caused by heavy rainfall, as their children listen to songs on a mobile phone in Chamba, in Uttarakhand June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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People offer special prayers for the flood victims in Uttarakhand, inside a temple in the Ahmedabad June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

People offer special prayers for the flood victims in Uttarakhand, inside a temple in the Ahmedabad June 26, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A villager crosses a road damaged by a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A villager crosses a road damaged by a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers and volunteers load wood on an Indian Air Force helicopter to be used for mass cremation at Kedarnath at an airport in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers and volunteers load wood on an Indian Air Force helicopter to be used for mass cremation at Kedarnath at an airport in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A bus carrying passengers crosses a road damaged by heavy rainfall in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A bus carrying passengers crosses a road damaged by heavy rainfall in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Volunteers unload wood from a truck to be used for mass cremation at Kedarnath at an airport in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Volunteers unload wood from a truck to be used for mass cremation at Kedarnath at an airport in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A villager crosses a road damaged by a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A villager crosses a road damaged by a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Gauchar in Uttarakhand June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel rescue stranded people across a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel rescue stranded people across a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout

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The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel rescue stranded people across a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel rescue stranded people across a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout

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Indian army personnel help stranded people cross a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Indian army personnel help stranded people cross a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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A woman cries in pain she is carried away by soldiers from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman cries in pain she is carried away by soldiers from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman cries in pain she is carried by soldiers from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman cries in pain she is carried by soldiers from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers carry boxes of relief supplies as an army helicopter flies overhead during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers carry boxes of relief supplies as an army helicopter flies overhead during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A man cries in pain as he is carried away by soldiers from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man cries in pain as he is carried away by soldiers from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman is assisted by a soldier as she leaves an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman is assisted by a soldier as she leaves an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A man is guided by a soldier during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man is guided by a soldier during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 24, 2013. Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel rescue stranded people across a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel rescue stranded people across a flooded river after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. REUTERS/ITBP/Handout

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Soldiers assist a woman carrying a child on her back during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers assist a woman carrying a child on her back during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A policeman carries an old woman on his back during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A policeman carries an old woman on his back during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Indu Bala Singh, a 60 year old pilgrim, is consoled by soldiers as she cries after being rescued at the airport in Gauchar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Indu Bala Singh, a 60 year old pilgrim, is consoled by soldiers as she cries after being rescued at the airport in Gauchar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A man is pulled across to safety on a rope, as damaged buildings and the Alaknanda river are seen in the background, during a rescue operation in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man is pulled across to safety on a rope, as damaged buildings and the Alaknanda river are seen in the background, during a rescue operation in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers assist a woman during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers assist a woman during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman carrying a child on her back climbs up a hill with other survivors during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman carrying a child on her back climbs up a hill with other survivors during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A soldier carries a boy as he assists a woman during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A soldier carries a boy as he assists a woman during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A man is pulled across to safety on a rope, as damaged buildings and the Alaknanda river are seen in the background, during a rescue operation in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man is pulled across to safety on a rope, as damaged buildings and the Alaknanda river are seen in the background, during a rescue operation in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A man crosses a rope bridge over the Alaknanda river during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man crosses a rope bridge over the Alaknanda river during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers assist a woman during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers assist a woman during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 23, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Pilgrims are helped to climb over a hill by Army soldiers during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Pilgrims are helped to climb over a hill by Army soldiers during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A boy carrying a bundle on his shoulder climbs over a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A boy carrying a bundle on his shoulder climbs over a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman carrying her belongings in cement sacks climbs down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman carrying her belongings in cement sacks climbs down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman carrying a baby on her back walks down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman carrying a baby on her back walks down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Buildings destroyed during floods are seen next to the Alaknanda river in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Buildings destroyed during floods are seen next to the Alaknanda river in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Flash floods and landslides triggered by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers try to repair a temporary footbridge over River Alaknanda after it was destroyed, during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers try to repair a temporary footbridge over River Alaknanda after it was destroyed, during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers assist survivors to board a rescue helicopter next to the River Alaknanda, during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers assist survivors to board a rescue helicopter next to the River Alaknanda, during rescue operations in Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 22, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A pilgrim (in yellow) who was stranded in Uttarakhand reacts after meeting her relatives at a railway station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A pilgrim (in yellow) who was stranded in Uttarakhand reacts after meeting her relatives at a railway station in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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An injured pilgrim is put on a stretcher next to a helicopter by soldiers and volunteers during a rescue operation at Joshimath, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

An injured pilgrim is put on a stretcher next to a helicopter by soldiers and volunteers during a rescue operation at Joshimath, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Survivors get out from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Survivors get out from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman is helped by soldiers to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman is helped by soldiers to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman cries as her husband is put on a stretcher by soldiers from an army helicopter, during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman cries as her husband is put on a stretcher by soldiers from an army helicopter, during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Survivors wait to board army helicopters during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Survivors wait to board army helicopters during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman is helped by a soldier to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A woman is helped by a soldier to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A survivor pleads with a soldier to allow her mother to board an army helicopter during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A survivor pleads with a soldier to allow her mother to board an army helicopter during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A man walks across a field after alighting from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A man walks across a field after alighting from an army helicopter during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Soldiers stop survivors from going near an army helicopter as its lands during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers stop survivors from going near an army helicopter as its lands during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A woman is helped by soldiers to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT MILITARY)

A woman is helped by soldiers to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT MILITARY)

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Soldiers load supplies in an army helicopter to build a temporary bridge, during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Soldiers load supplies in an army helicopter to build a temporary bridge, during a rescue operation at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Survivors are helped by soldiers to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Survivors are helped by soldiers to climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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The Kedarnath Temple (C) is pictured amid damaged surroundings by flood waters at Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

The Kedarnath Temple (C) is pictured amid damaged surroundings by flood waters at Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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A body lies amid damaged surroundings by flood waters near Kedarnath Temple at Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A body lies amid damaged surroundings by flood waters near Kedarnath Temple at Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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A body lies amid damaged surroundings by flood waters near Kedarnath Temple at Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. REUTERS/Stringer

A body lies amid damaged surroundings by flood waters near Kedarnath Temple at Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. REUTERS/Stringer

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A boy cries as he gets off from an army helicopter with fellow survivors at Joshimath, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A boy cries as he gets off from an army helicopter with fellow survivors at Joshimath, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A survivor pleads with a soldier to allow him to board an army helicopter, during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A survivor pleads with a soldier to allow him to board an army helicopter, during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A child is carried by soldiers to help him climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A child is carried by soldiers to help him climb down a hill during a rescue operation at Govindghat in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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People and soldiers cover their faces as an army helicopter lands during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

People and soldiers cover their faces as an army helicopter lands during rescue operations at Badrinath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A boy has his details noted by soldiers after getting off from an army helicopter with other survivors at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A boy has his details noted by soldiers after getting off from an army helicopter with other survivors at Joshimath in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 21, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 138 people and left tens of thousands stranded, local newspapers reported. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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People walk along a damaged road after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

People walk along a damaged road after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Stranded vehicles stand in queues after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Stranded vehicles stand in queues after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Indian Army Paratroopers prepare to leave for rescue operations at an airfield in Gauchar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Indian Army Paratroopers prepare to leave for rescue operations at an airfield in Gauchar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Damaged houses are seen at a village in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Damaged houses are seen at a village in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A pilgrim is helped by a villager as she tries to cross on a pathway damaged by landslide in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A pilgrim is helped by a villager as she tries to cross on a pathway damaged by landslide in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Pilgrims run to cross the road after it was cleared of a landslide in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Pilgrims run to cross the road after it was cleared of a landslide in Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Pilgrims try to cross a pathway damaged by landslide Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Pilgrims try to cross a pathway damaged by landslide Rudraprayag in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Indian Army Paratroopers arrive to help in rescue operations at an airfield in Gauchar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Indian Army Paratroopers arrive to help in rescue operations at an airfield in Gauchar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 20, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Vehicles are pictured in the flooded waters of a stream after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Vehicles are pictured in the flooded waters of a stream after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Soldiers carry the body of a flood victim after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Soldiers carry the body of a flood victim after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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A man carries a flood affected victim after they were rescued by the Indian army after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A man carries a flood affected victim after they were rescued by the Indian army after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Flood waters flow next to a residential complex after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Flood waters flow next to a residential complex after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 18, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 18, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 18, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Soldiers rescue stranded people after heavy rains in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 18, 2013. India's monsoon rains could ease soon after hitting 89 percent over averages in the week to June 19, according to weather office sources, in a third straight week of downpours that have caused major flooding in north India. Picture taken June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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Residents stand outside their houses that were damaged due to floods in Srinagar, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Residents stand outside their houses that were damaged due to floods in Srinagar, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A member of the rescue operation team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) or Armed Border Force walks towards the officers training centre damaged by floods at their campus in Srinagar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A member of the rescue operation team of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) or Armed Border Force walks towards the officers training centre damaged by floods at their campus in Srinagar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Residents take out their personal belongings from houses submerged in sand due to floods in Srinagar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Residents take out their personal belongings from houses submerged in sand due to floods in Srinagar in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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A submerged statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva stands amid the flooded waters of river Ganges at Rishikesh in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A submerged statue of the Hindu Lord Shiva stands amid the flooded waters of river Ganges at Rishikesh in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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People carry oil lamps as they pray for the flood victims in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, outside a temple in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

People carry oil lamps as they pray for the flood victims in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, outside a temple in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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Hindu devotees take holy dip in the flooded waters of the river Ganges in the northern Indian town of Haridwar June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Hindu devotees take holy dip in the flooded waters of the river Ganges in the northern Indian town of Haridwar June 18, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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A Hindu devotee tries to take a holy dip in the flooded waters of river Ganges in the northern Indian town of Haridwar June 18, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 60 people and left tens of thousands stranded, officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Stringer

A Hindu devotee tries to take a holy dip in the flooded waters of river Ganges in the northern Indian town of Haridwar June 18, 2013. Early monsoon rains have swollen the Ganges, India's longest river, swept away houses, killed at least 60 people and left tens of thousands stranded, officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Stringer

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