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64 dead as early monsoon lashes northern India

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Torrential rains have washed away hundreds of homes and roads, leaving at least 64 people dead and thousands stranded, after the annual monsoon hit northern India earlier than expected, officials said Tuesday. 

Photo released by the Indian Army on June 18, 2013 shows residents and travellers walking past vehicles stranded by silt deposited by floodwaters in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, June 18, 2013. Torrential rains washed away hundreds of homes and roads, leaving at least 64 people dead and thousands stranded, officials said Tuesday.

The Indian Air Force scrambled a dozen helicopters to reinforce a military-backed rescue mission in the worst-hit state of Uttarakhand, a spokesman said.

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