Rains have engulfed villages, sweeping away homes and leaving residents stranded as rescuers rush to evacuate survivors.
Twenty-seven people have died in the Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh, and as of Monday, six people were missing, the state government said, adding that many of the deaths were caused by house collapses and other accidents.
This is just the latest in a growing death toll linked to heavy rainfall in the state since the start of the rainy season in late June. At least 244 people have died in Himachal Pradesh since the start of the season, according to a government report.
In the state of Uttarakhand, five people have died and 12 are still missing, according to Ranjit Kumar Singh, a spokesman for the state disaster management agency.
“Search and rescue of missing people is still underway and we hope to find them,” Sinha said.
Earlier this month, the federal weather bureau predicted that August and September were likely to see average rainfall in India.
“We sent helicopters to rescue people who were stranded in remote areas due to rain incidents. The rescue operation is in full swing,” Sinha said, according to Reuters.