MORE than 50 people have been killed in monsoon rains in northern India and northwestern Pakistan.

At least 20 people died in monsoon rains in India’s northern desert state of Rajasthan, officials said on Thursday.

Many places in the state capital Jaipur, a popular tourist destination, were inundated by the rains, which started on Tuesday.

More than 200 houses collapsed while 2000 people were evacuated from the city’s low-lying neighbourhoods and slums.

“Ten people were killed in Jaipur and we are getting information that 10 more died in other districts,” a state disaster management authority official said.

“Most of the deaths were reported in incidents of house collapses and flooding on Wednesday,” he said by phone from Jaipur.

Local media said the rains, the heaviest in the city since 1981, had disrupted rail and road transport and forced authorities to shut down schools. The weather bureau forecast that the rain would last until Saturday.

This month, 34 people have died in flashfloods in India’s mountainous state of Uttarakhand. More than 500 people have died during the current monsoon season across India, according to the federal Home Ministry.

Meanwhile, at least 34 people have been killed in flashfloods triggered by monsoon rains in Pakistan, an official said on Thursday.

The rains started on Wednesday and continued through the night in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the northern part of Punjab and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

“So far 11 people have been killed each in KP (Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) and Kashmir and 12 in Punjab due to floods and rains,” said National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Ahmed Kamal.

He ruled out any major threat of large-scale floods as normal water flow has been observed in all the main rivers, but authorities have already put the local administrations on high alert.

The Metrological Department predicted more rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab in the next 24 hours.

In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains across Pakistan caused the worst flooding in its history, affecting about 20 million people and killing close to 2000.