India flood death toll tops 550
Flash floods and landslides have killed more than 550 people after torrential monsoon rains struck northern India, a minister told a local TV channel.
"556 bodies have been noticed by the army... either floating or buried in slush," Vijay Bahuguna, chief minister of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand told CNN-IBN.
Rescuers also Friday found 40 bodies floating in the River Ganges near Haridwar, a Hindu holy city. The heavy rains caused by the annual monsoon have also stranded tens of thousands, mostly pilgrims, in the mountainous region.