At least 60 killed in India, Bangladesh as heavy monsoon rains hit

At least 60 people have reportedly been killed in India and Bangladesh after monsoon rains caused flooding and landslides.

Downpours hit India's northeastern states of Assam and Meghalaya through Friday, causing floods and mudslides. Local authorities say 35 people have died.

Flooding in Assam prompted more than 150,000 people to evacuate. Rescue operations are underway for many others who remain stranded.

Reuters news agency says at least 25 people in Bangladesh were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend.

Every year, monsoon rains cause death and destruction in India and Bangladesh.

The meteorological agencies of both countries say heavy rainfall is forecast to continue for some time, raising fears of further loss of life.