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Flash Flooding Devastates Northern India

The Indian Monsoon arrived ahead of schedule across the state of Uttarakhand. The monsoon is supposed to begin closer to July 1. But, days of heavy rain last week swept away entire villages.

More than just the usual residents of the Himalayan state have been swept up in the flooding. Tourist and pilgrims, numbering in the tens of thousands were visiting Hindu holy sites across Uttarakhand.

The pilgrimage know as Char Dham Yatra, takes pilgrims to four of the holiest shrines across Uttarakhand between May and November.

The death toll has already numbered in the hundreds. But, there are reports from the Indian press that tens of thousands are missing.

During the period of June 13 to June 19, an average of 322 mm (12.68 inches)of rain has affected the state of Uttarakhand. The normal rainfall for this period is 34 mm (1.34 inches). These rainfall stats are courtesy of the India Meteorological Department.

In recent days, the intense rainfall has subsided. But, another surge of monsoon moisture is expected to affect Uttarakhand and surround areas next week.