Torrential rains kill another 42 people in India

NEW DELHI — Monsoon rains continue to batter parts of India, with at least 42 more people dying in the past 24 hours, officials said Sunday.

At least 35 people died from rain-related causes in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and seven died in the eastern state of Bihar, officials said.

The latest toll came days after reports of at least 59 fatalities in the past week amid forecasts that heavy rains would continue until Monday.

Sandhaya Kureel, a spokeswoman for the Disaster Management and Relief Department in Uttar Pradesh, said Sunday that 17 people in the state were injured and being treated in hospitals. At least 29 houses collapsed because of heavy rain, she said.

In Bihar, Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratay Amrit said four people were killed on the outskirts of the state capital, Patna, when a huge tree fell on the three-wheeler they were sitting in to avoid being drenched. Three other people were killed in the state's Bhagalpur district when a wall collapsed on them following heavy rains.

More than 350 people have been killed by rain-related causes in India, Nepal and Bangladesh this monsoon season, which runs from June through September.