DEHRADUN  - The death toll from a series of landslides and floods reached 45 in northern India on Saturday as rescuers pulled 17 more bodies from the debris, a state government minister told AFP. Most of the deaths occurred in the early hours of Friday after heavy downpours in Rudraprayag and Bageshwar districts of the scenic Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, local disaster management minister Yashpal Arya said. "Seventeen bodies were found today from the affected areas of Rudraprayag," Arya said, adding that army personnel were helping local rescuers hunting for more bodies in four affected villages. "We fear that up to 18 more bodies could be still buried in the debris in Rudraprayag," he said.