In Pics: Floods and landslides devastate Uttarakhand

A massive cloudburst and landslides have wreaked havoc in the hills of Uttarakhand. With the death toll expected to be in hundreds, the army and the ITBP are engaged in a grim and heroic battle to rescue survivors before the rains return.
  • Flood waters flow into a residential complex in Uttarakhand. The massive rains led to landslides and flooding devastating vast swathes of the hill state. Reuters
  • An Indian army chopper takes off for rescue operations at Gauchar air strip, near Rudraprayag. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
  • Free medicines being given to the survivors of the floods in Rudraprayag. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
  • Indian army troops get ready for rescue operations at Gauchar air strip, near Rudraprayag. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
  • Stranded vehicles stand in queues after heavy rains destroyed roads and bridges in Uttarakhand on 17 June. Reuters
  • A damaged government guest house falls into the flood waters of the River Ganges in Shrinagar district of Uttarakhand on 18 June. AP
  • Damaged houses are seen at a village in Rudraprayag, on the the worst affected districts in Uttarakhand. Reuters
  • Flood waters from the Alaknanda river destroy buildings following heavy monsoon rain in Govindghat town, Uttrakhand on 17 June. More than 150 people have lost their lives due to the flooding but the final count could be much higher. AFP
  • Water flows over the statue of Hindu Lord Shiva during a heavy monsoon rain in Rishikesh. The annual monsoon has covered most parts of India nearly two weeks ahead of schedule, officials said. AFP
  • Bulldozers and other vehicles are adrift in a flooded river in Uttarkashi district. Torrential rain and floods washed away buildings and roads, leaving thousands stranded after landslides. AP
  • Submerged houses and trucks afloat in the flood waters of the Bhagirathi River in Shrinagar district of Uttarakhand.Hundreds of pilgrims enroute to the Char Dham Yatra - Badrinath, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Yamunotri- continued to be trapped. AP
  • The rains, which began Saturday night, continued for three days, and with more showers expected, the situation is likely to worsen in the hill states. AFP