Workers recover more than $300,000 in safe swept away by Indian flood

While clearing rubble from a flood-devastated town in the Indian Himalayas workers found more than $300,000 (19 million rupees) in a safe that was swept away by flood waters, according to Agence France-Presse.

Police reportedly told AFP the safe was found Saturday near the ruins of a bank in Kedarnath, a small town in India’s northern Uttarakhand state which was flattened by flash floods in June.

“The safe was swept away in the floods but the cash is safe,” Indian Inspector General Ram Singh Meena told AFP.

According to AFP, Meena said the money belonged to the country’s largest national bank, the State Bank of India (SBI) and officials have already deposited the money ($303,000) in another SBI branch.

The money was found days after a popular pilgrimage site at a Hindu temple in Kedarnath reopened for prayers, the AFP reports.

Reconstruction efforts continue across Uttarkhand state, where more than 5,500 people are believed to have died in the floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains that washed away homes, hotels, highways and cars.