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Northern Indian Monsoon weakens a fragile environment

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Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing
Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in Uttarakhand and left tens of thousands missing Reuters/Indian Ministry of Defence/Handout

The torrential early monsoon rain in northern India and in the Himalayan mountain regions of Nepal has left at least a thousand people dead. The authorities say the figure is likely to rise. RFI spoke to Dr Ravi Chopra, a development and geography specialist from the region, about some of the causes of the damage created by this unusually harsh seasonal weather in Uttarakhand State.

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