CHANDIGARH, India (AP) -- Rescue workers searched for bodies Wednesday after pouring rain and a flooded river submerged villages near India's mountainous border with Tibet, washing away 1,000 houses and drowning at least 107 people.
Rescuers, hampered by the rain and the loss of their mules in the floods, feared many more bodies would be found in the mountain gorges when the water subsides, said Subash Negi, the highest official in Himachal Pradesh state, where the villages are located.
Thirty bridges were damaged in the flooding along a 180-mile stretch of the Sutlej River, said B.D. Sharma, the state press secretary. Details were sketchy because telephone lines were damaged in many places.
Himachal Pradesh is popular among Western tourists for its numerous trekking routes. It was not immediately known if any foreigners were killed or injured.
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