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Landslide strikes Indian villages


The devastation left after the landslide in Uttarakhand

At least 15 people are reported to have been killed in a landslide in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Several houses were washed away in two villages when heavy rain swept Pithoragarh district, officials quoted by the Press Trust of India (PTI) said.

Reports say many people were trapped in their homes when the landslide happened and dozens are still missing.

Pithoragarh is a mountainous region near the border with China and is prone to monsoons after June.

The rescue operation, which also involves local police, has been hampered by poor weather, PTI reported.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokriyal has gone to the district. He said relief work was under way.

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