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The Pindari and Mandakini rivers in Uttarakhand ran amok, sweeping away entire villages and cutting off road links. Flash floods and landslides have made rescue work in the flood-hit state a Herculean mission, with more than 104,000 pilgrims and tourists evacuated, even as concerns grew over the fate of 3,000 people still reported missing in Harshil and Badrinath. Photos by V.V.Krishnan and Kavita Upadhyay. Compiled by Manoj Venkataraman.





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