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Monsoon rains cause deadly flooding in India

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An Indian man stands by the sea front during heavy rain showers in Mumbai on June 18, 2013. The monsoon, which India's farming sector depends on, covers the subcontinent from June to September, usually bringing some flooding. But the heavy rains arrived early this year, catching many by surprise. The country has received 68 percent more rain than normal for this time of year, data from the India Meteorological Department shows.

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Indian security personnel supervise residents and travelers as they stand on the remains of a flood damaged road alongside the River Alaknanda in Chamoli district in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on June 18, 2013.

Torrential rain and floods washed away buildings and roads, killing at least 23 people in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials said Monday.

More than a dozen people died in the state's Rudraprayag district alone, while another 50 people were missing, said Amit Negi, an official in Uttarakhand.

A landslide triggered by the monsoon rains buried a bus, killing three people in Almora district. Continue reading.

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A submerged idol of Hindu Lord Shiva stands in the flooded River Ganges in Rishikesh, in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, India, on June 18, 2013. Monsoon torrential rains have cause havoc in northern India leading to flash floods, cloudbursts and landslides as the death toll continues to climb and more than 1,000 pilgrims bound for Himalayan shrines remain stranded.

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Mannequins are covered with plastic as it rains in Mumbai, India, on June 18, 2013. The monsoon rains which usually hit India from June to September are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people.

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A young Indian boy sells umbrellas as it rains in a market in Mumbai, India, on June 18, 2013.

At least 69 people have died and two dozen remain missing as monsoon rains flood parts of India and create landslides along the Ganges River.. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.