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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Flash floods hit northern India
More than 20 people have been rescued after fears they had died when they were swept away by flash floods in northern India.

Officials say two bodies have been recovered and a search is on for five people who are still missing.

The floods on Kailash river in Uttaranchal state have also trapped nearly 150 people, they say.

Many of those rescued were labourers who were engaged in mining work in the area on Thursday morning.

Floods and landslides are common in South Asia during the monsoon season when annual rains combine with melting snow from the Himalayas.

A senior official of Uttaranchal state, Sunder Lal, told the BBC that the water level in Kailash river was continuing to rise because of heavy rainfall in the area.

Severe monsoon

Indian Air Force helicopters were used to rescue the stranded villagers, he said.

Flood victims rescued in Bihar
Millions of people have been affected by the floods
Hundreds of people have died and an estimated 10 million people have been hit by severe monsoon flooding this year in large parts of north-east India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Five thousand people in India were evacuated from the northern Himachal Pradesh state earlier this month as fears grow that a lake in Tibet may overflow and flood the state.

Many of the flood victims say the disasters - which happen most years during the monsoon season - could be avoided if South Asian governments co-operated in managing water resources.

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