Officials in India say at least 45 people have been killed in a landslide that swamped three villages after heavy rains in the country's north.

About 20 bodies have been pulled from the debris, with police and volunteers digging through mud and rocks Sunday to recover the others.

The deadly landslide struck Saturday in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand state, 500 kilometers from New Delhi.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.