The death toll from flooding and landslides following heavy monsoon rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has passed 500.
The state's Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, said 556 bodies had been seen floating or buried in "slush", and that the army was working to recover them.
The charity Action Aid says 5,000 people are missing in the area.
Many of those stranded in the mountainous region are Hindu pilgrims visiting local shrines.
The worst affected area is around the holy town of Kedarnath.
The Indian Army is leading rescue efforts. The authorities say troops have yet to reach some remote mountain areas.
Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said more than 33,000 pilgrims had been rescued in the past few days, but at least 50,000 people were still stranded.
Earlier on Friday, 40 bodies were recovered from the river Ganges in the temple town of Haridwar, according to local police official Rajiv Swaroop.
Haridwar is downstream from the region where heavy rains on Sunday night triggered flash floods and landslides.
Flood-related deaths have also been reported in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh states and neighbouring Nepal.
The monsoon season generally lasts from June to September, bringing rain which is critical to farming, but this year the rain in the north of India and parts of Nepal has been far heavier than usual.