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At least 38 feared dead in India rains

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  • Heavy rains caused landslides in two hilly hamlets of northern India
  • Ten bodies have been recovered and rescue efforts are ongoing
  • Authorities put death toll at 654 from seasonal monsoon flooding this year
By Harmeet Shah Singh
CNN
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- At least 38 people are feared dead in landslides and heavy rains in two hilly hamlets of northern India, authorities said Saturday.

The villages were about 5,000 feet high, said Manoj Pande, a senior disaster management official in northwestern Uttarakhand state's Pithoragarh district.

Ten bodies have been recovered and rescue efforts are ongoing, but chances of finding survivors are remote, Pande said.

Until Friday, federal authorities put the death toll at 654 from seasonal monsoon flooding this year.

More than 2.9 million people in India have been affected by floods since June, according to federal officials.

Yearly monsoon rains sweep across the subcontinent from June till September. Though they bring much-needed relief to often-parched farmlands, they also leave a trail of landslides, home collapses and often fatal floods.

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