A landslide in the Himalayan region of Kashmir killed 16 people, police have said, as Indian authorities continued working to rescue stranded villagers.

Babies were among those killed when a hillside collapsed onto a house in Laden village, about 40km (25 miles) from the capital Srinagar, before dawn on Monday 30 March.

Army and police used shovels and diggers to search for those missing.

"We are still searching for one more person who is still buried," said Fayaz Ahmad Lone, a local police superintendent.

Police said two other people died in flash floods in another part of the state. Hundreds of people fled their homes as Kashmir's main rivers began to swell and weather forecasters predicted further downpours in the region that was struck by devastating floods seven months ago.

India is experiencing more extreme rainfall events as the global climate warms, according to a study of 50 years of data by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

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The body of a child lies on a stretcher after it was pulled out from the mud in Laden village Danish Ismail/Reuters
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Landslide victims lie inside a room before funeral prayers in the village of Laden Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

The past month has been the wettest in more than a century, and damage to crops has been blamed for a spate of farmer suicides in recent weeks.

In September, the Kashmir valley suffered the worst flooding in more than a century, killing more than 200 people and displacing almost a million for weeks.