Floods in Kerala: At least 22 people killed after torrential rains trigger landslides and flooding



Torrential rains have been hitting the coastal state of Kerala since Friday, swelling rivers and flooding roads, leaving vehicles submerged in muddy water, with some houses reduced to rubble.

Rescue efforts have continued since Saturday, with assistance from the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 11 teams to southern and central Kerala.

Thirteen people were killed in a landslide in Kottayam district, state officials said. Nine bodies were also found at the site of another landslide in Idduki district, officials said, adding that two people are still missing. Three fishermen from Malappuram district are also missing.

A resident carries a dog amid the debris of his damaged home after flash floods caused by heavy rains in Thodupuzha, Indian state of Kerala, on October 16.

At least 6,455 people have been evacuated to 184 relief camps across the state, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.

The heavy rains were caused by an area of ​​low pressure over the southeastern Arabian Sea and Kerala, India’s meteorological department said. The deluge was expected to subside on Monday, but CNN Weather is still forecasting 50 to 100 millimeters (2 to 4 inches) of rain for the region in the coming days.

A car is stuck in muddy water after torrential rains in Kerala state on October 16.

Home to over 33 million people, Kerala regularly experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon months from late May to September. However, flash floods and landslides have become more frequent and severe in the state in recent years.

In August 2018, at least 324 people were killed and more than 300,000 evacuated after torrential rains hit Kerala, causing the worst flooding the state has seen in nearly a century. Some 13 of Kerala’s 14 districts were under red alert, the highest level of alert issued during emergencies in India.


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