At least 45 dead in monsoon flooding in India

New Delhi, Jun 17 (EFE).- At least 45 people have died and 50 are missing in flooding and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains, Indian media said Monday.

In the northern state of Uttarakhand 25 people died, about 50 are missing and around 100 homes collapsed due to torrential rains that caused local rivers to overflow, according to NDTV television.

Authorities believe that the 50 missing people were, in all likelihood, swept away by the flood currents.

NDTV showed images of collapsed buildings and water-covered streets.

Some 24,000 people remain trapped in the Kedarnath Valley, where a Hindu pilgrimage site is heavily visited at this time of year.

The government sent 10 helicopters to evacuate the local population, but they have been unable to land due to the bad weather, and 12 teams of Disaster Rescue Forces personnel have been dispatched to the most heavily affected areas.

In the western state of Gujarat, the heavy rains on Sunday caused 12 deaths, including eight people killed by lightning.

Meanwhile, in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, a couple and their three children died when their home was buried in a landslide.

Three women died in the western city of Pune when a wall collapsed on them due to the heavy rains.

Authorities in Mumbai have advised residents not to leave their homes because of the heavy rains expected over the next two days.