The results of the regional elections could either reinforce the BJP’s grip on power or give the fragmented opposition a much-needed boost.
Members of India's National Disaster Response Force continue to search for missing people after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides and flash floods in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand states.
Rescuers are combing through muck-filled ravines and valleys for survivors after the sudden collapse of a Himalayan glacier triggered massive flooding in northern India.
Rescue efforts have been hampered by rising water levels in a Himalayan river valley hit by a major avalanche killing 36 people and leaving several more unaccounted for.
A piece of a Himalayan glacier broke off into a river and triggered a massive deluge on Sunday. Here are some pictures of the devastation and the relief works in its aftermath.
Experts may be divided on whether a landslide or a glacier burst caused deadly flooding in Uttarakhand, but there is a consensus that ignoring warnings against building mega-projects in the vulnerable area contributed to the losses.
More than 170 people are still missing after a barrage of water and debris hurtled with terrifying speed and power down a valley on Sunday morning, sweeping away bridges and roads and hitting two hydroelectric plants.
Search continues for missing after a Himalayan glacier broke and swept away a small hydroelectric dam in Uttarakhand state, as calls grow against dam-building spree in the eco-sensitive region.
Kashmiris studying in India and Bangladesh are already wracked with worry about their families due to the communications blackout and now face alarming financial pressures as their funds dry up.
At least four people have been arrested in connection with the deaths, a police official says.
Indian officials and local media say there are still several people falling sick after drinking cheap spurious liquor that already killed dozens of people, most of whom from the village of Balpur in Uttarakhand.
Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India's Kumbh Mela, billed as the world's largest religious festival where politics play an important role ahead of a general election later this year.
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