Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, in a statement on social media, stated that more than 50 people have lost their lives in the state in the last 24 hours and more than 20 people have been trapped and that they anticipate the death toll to increase.
The bodies of 14 people were found after a landslide at the Shiv Temple in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.
India’s Interior Minister Amit Shah said that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have begun operating in the state for search and rescue operations, NDTV reported.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a "red alert" for both states, predicting continued heavy rainfall in various parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours.
Authorities warned citizens of heavy rainfall and urged them to stay away from river banks.
On the other hand, the state's emergency operation center reported that 752 roads in the state were closed due to the disaster.