At least 41 dead after heavy rain and flash floods in northern India

By Manveena Suri and Tara Subramaniam, CNN

CNN  —  Flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in northern India have killed at least 41 people since the weekend, according to local authorities.

Thirty-one people have died in Himachal Pradesh, the state’s Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu told reporters Tuesday, while a further 10 have died in neighboring Punjab, Revenue Minister Brahm Shankar Jimpa told Indian news agency ANI.

Sukhu said Himachal Pradesh has committed $121,000 to rescue operations and is deploying six helicopters to help.

Further rain is forecast in both states, though the Indian Meteorological Department says it is expected to ease.

People shelter under a flyover road after relocating from low lying areas near the Yamuna River after it overflowed due to monsoon rains in New Delhi on July 11.

“Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall” is forecast for the northern regions of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh until the end of the week, the department said Sunday.

Delhi on Sunday marked its wettest July day in more than 40 years, according to authorities.

The downpours forced school closures across the region at the start of the week with many still shut by Wednesday.

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