Monsoon Survivors Die in Helicopter Rescue

20 bodies recovered in India
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
Indian armed forces personnel load relief material for flood affected victims on a helicopter in Dehradun, India.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The death toll from monsoon flooding in northern India stands above the 1,000 mark, with rescue efforts for Hindu pilgrims left stranded in the disaster hampered by bad weather and the area's difficult mountainous terrain. Yesterday, a rescue effort itself turned deadly, when a rescue helicopter carrying survivors to safety crashed into a hillside, leaving 20 dead, including five air force crew members, the AP reports. Troops are trying to rescue about 5,000 still stranded in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. (Read more India stories.)

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