Several people feared dead as heavy rains wash away city close to Kedarnath temple

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Dehradun/June 18
Heavy rains continues to wreck havoc in India’s Uttarakhand state as a city closed to Kedarnath temple reported to be washed away due to heavy flood in Ganges river today.
There have been reports of damage to Kedarnath temple but the shrine authorities denied reports of any damage to the temple.
Meanwhile, several persons are feared dead after Rambada city, close to Kedarnath Temple, have been reportedly washed away in flash floods due to incessant rains.
As per reports, over 73,000 pilgrims and local people have been stranded in area and the state administration is finding it difficult to carry out relief and rescue operations due to difficult terrain and worsening weather.
Meanwhile, army helicopters and rescue teams are trying to ferry stranded people to safer places. Indian cricketer Harbhajan who was on pilgrimage to Hemkunth Sahib has been rescued by ITBP personnel along with other tourists to safer place.
So far, death toll have reached to 81 with 45 police personnel out of total 50 who were on duty near Kedarnath temple, are reportedly missing.
Kedarnath Temple is located at an altitude of 3581 meters height and pilgrims travel to the place either on foot or by ponies.

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