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Almost 10,000 soldiers have been deployed as part of a massive rescue mission after tourists and pilgrims were left stranded when monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. While more than 22,400 have been rescued so far, 62,000 people are still stranded in the area, the Home Ministry confirmed.Overflowing rivers and landslides have destroyed houses, buildings, bridges and small roads that lead to pilgrimage towns. There has been four-and-a-half times the amount of monsoon rain than is usually expected.
Uttarakhand is known as the ‘Land of the Gods’, with Hindu shrines built high in the mountains. The area attracts thousands of pilgrims each year.The Kedarnath Temple area is reportedly the worst hit.