Uttarakhand

An Indian army soldier comforts an injured Indian pilgrim after he was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains, at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, Monday, June 24, 2013. A top official said the death toll in northern India could rise as army soldiers clear the debris from towns and villages flattened by landslides and monsoon flooding. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the number of people who have perished in the floods that washed away thousands of homes could go beyond the 1,000 deaths reported so far

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An Indian army soldier at a makeshift helipad at Joshimath, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, on Monday comforts an injured pilgrim after he was rescued from the higher reaches of mountains. Soldiers have been clearing debris from towns and villages flattened by landslides and monsoon flooding that has washed away thousands of homes. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the number of people who have perished could be more than the 1,000 deaths reported so far.