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Indian monsoon toll nears 600

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Rescuers recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India Friday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides neared 600, with thousands of mainly pilgrims and tourists still stranded or missing. 

An Indian pilgrim, evacuated from flood-hit areas by the Indian Air Force (IAF), is transported by medics at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on June 21, 2013. Rescuers have recovered scores of bodies from the Ganges river in northern India, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides nears 600, with thousands still stranded or missing.

Helicopters and thousands of soldiers have been deployed to rescue more than 35,000 people trapped, the home ministry said, almost one week after floods and landslides from torrential monsoon rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

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