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PublishDate: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 09:04

India floods death

34,000 people have been evacuated so far but 50,000 were still stranded in the region.

Army suspends rescue helicopter flights in Uttarakhand state due to dense fog as death toll rises, Al Jazeera reported. 

Army officials said bad weather has hampered efforts to evacuate thousands of people stranded in northern India where nearly 6,500 people are reported dead in monsoon flooding and landslides.
 
Officials in the affected state of Uttarakhand raised the death toll from 1,000 to 6,500 .
 
Brigadier Uma Maheshwar said that the army had suspended helicopter flights to rescue people stranded in the state after dense fog descended on the Himalayan region. 

Instead, troops built makeshift bridges and people were being brought to safety by road.
Thousands of people were still stranded in remote mountain valleys in Uttarakhand, a popular pilgrimage destination, trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off since Sunday.
 
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that 34,000 people have been evacuated so far but 50,000 were still stranded in the region. 

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