NEW DELHI — At least 40 people have died and more are missing in flash floods triggered by intense monsoon rains in northern India over the past three days, officials said Sunday.
The rains inundated hundreds of villages, washed away mud houses, flooded roads and destroyed bridges in parts of the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The Indian meteorological department has predicted that heavy to very heavy rains will continue to fall in the region for the next two days.
An official government statement said on Sunday that landslides and floods in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh over the past three days had killed at least 36 people. Hundreds of people were taking refuge in relief camps after being displaced from their flooded homes.
In neighboring Uttarakhand state, a series of downpours on Saturday left four dead and 13 missing as rivers breached banks and washed away homes.
Rescue teams were evacuating stranded people in both states.
Disasters caused by landslides and floods are common in the northern Indian Himalayas during the monsoon season from June to September. Scientists say they are becoming more common as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.
Last year, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away homes in Uttarakhand.