Heavy rains and landslides caused the death of 46 people and several others missing in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand on Wednesday.
The local officials said 22 of those killed are due to heavy rains.
S A Murugeshan, secretary of the state’s disaster management said search and rescue operation is now underway in northern India.
Murugeshan revealed 2,000 members of the paramilitary and civil police are now conducting rescue efforts in the mountainous state.
He said due to heavy rains for the past three days many bridges and homes were destroyed.
The Indian Meteorological Department said the rains are slowing down but more heavy downpours in the country’s northeastern and southern regions are expected.
Bikram Singh, the director of the Meteorological Center in Dehradun, the state’s capital city said climate change has not only increased the frequency of the rains but also their intensity.
Last February, flash floods killed nearly 200 people and washed away houses in Uttarakhand.
In 2013, thousands of people were also killed in floods there.