NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian officials say heavy monsoon rains have triggered floods and landslides in the country’s Himalayan region, leaving at least 48 people dead and many others trapped. Among the worst hit was the Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh state, where 19 bodies were recovered by rescuers. Fourteen people died following two landslides in the provincial capital of Shimla, officials told the Press Trust of India news agency Monday. Authorities said rescuers are working to pull out those trapped. Disasters caused by landslides and floods are common in India’s Himalayan north during the June-September monsoon season. Scientists say they are becoming more frequent as global warming contributes to the melting of glaciers there.
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