At least 34 dead after floods in India

At least 34 people have died following days of heavy rains in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.
At least 34 people have died following days of heavy rains in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

At least 34 people have died following days of heavy rains in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, the state's chief minister says, as rescuers continue work to free those stranded.

Aerial footage of the affected areas showed engorged rivers and villages partially submerged by floodwaters.

"There is huge loss due to the floods ... the crops have been destroyed," Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami told Reuters partner ANI after surveying the damage late on Tuesday.

"The locals are facing a lot of problems, the roads are waterlogged, bridges have been washed away. So far 34 people have died and we are trying to normalise the situation as soon as possible."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet he was "anguished" by the loss of life.

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is especially prone to flooding. More than 200 were feared killed in February after flash floods swept away a hydroelectric dam.

Unseasonally heavy rains across India have led to deadly floods in several areas of the country in recent days. Authorities in the southern state of Kerala said on Monday more than 20 people had died there following landslides.

Australian Associated Press