More Than 70 May Be Dead in Northern India Monsoon

Search and rescue underway


Torrential rains and flash floods washed away homes and roads in north India, leaving at least feared 73 people dead and thousands stranded, as the annual monsoon hit the country earlier than normal, officials said Tuesday. 

Authorities called in military helicopters to try to rescue residents and pilgrims cut off by rising rivers and landslides triggered by more than three days of rain in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, officials said.