At least 26 killed by torrential floods in India

An official says army troops and police are searching for more bodies in the debris of destroyed homes in northern India, where at least 26 people have been killed by torrential rains.

Government spokesman Amit Chandola says at least five people are still missing after heavy downpours starting Thursday triggered landslides and flash floods in Uttarakhand state.

Chandola said Sunday that soldiers helped rescue hundreds of people stranded in areas of Chamoli district.

Rivers were flowing above the danger mark, sweeping away everything in their path.

Hundreds of homes have been washed away and more than 2,000 people are in relief camps.

Heavy rainfall can be deadly in Himalayan hills which are more prone to landslides and flash floods during the monsoon. India's monsoon season runs from June to September.