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Indian officials say the death toll from flash floods and mudslides in the mountainous region of India-controlled Kashmir has risen to 171.
The Indian Air Force transported bridging equipment and other relief materials to restore connectivity to the flood-ravaged areas.
More than 6 thousand personnel from the Indian Army, Air Force and other paramilitary forces are conducting rescue and relief operations. Indian Air Force helicopters distributed food, drinking water, and other aid materials to remote villages that have been completely cut off because of the floods.
India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh expressed his grief over the tragedy and assured all possible help to the survivors.