Landslides, floods kill 58 in northern India

Torrential downpours also wash away vehicles, demolish buildings and bridges in Himalayas.

Rescuers searched on Tuesday for people feared missing in floods and landslides that have killed at least 58 in India, including nine who died in the collapse of a popular temple.

Days of torrential downpours have washed away vehicles, demolished buildings and destroyed bridges in the Himalayas.

Flooding and landslides are common and cause widespread devastation during India’s treacherous monsoon season, but experts say climate change is increasing their frequency and severity.

Fifty people have been killed in Himachal Pradesh since Sunday, with thousands more stranded after disruptions to roads, power lines and communication networks.

“As many personnel as possible are being deployed in relief and rescue work,” state chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said in a statement late on Monday.

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