India: Death toll from heavy rains in southern India rises to 24



The death toll from the heavy rains that hit the southern Indian state of Kerala since last weekend rose to 24 on Monday, as rescue teams try to evacuate the most affected population.

The official number of people killed so far from heavy rainfall in the region is 24, reported a source from the Kerala Information Department.

From among the deceased, 11 of them lost their lives in Idukki, while the other 13 in Kottayam, two southern districts which are among the most affected by the landslides that have occurred in the area, he said.

Rescuers transport an elderly man in the Alappuzha district of Kerala state. XINHUA /

The source also pointed out that evacuation work is being carried out against the clock at various points in this coastal region because “the water level is rising.”

In this sense, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continues intensive rescue efforts, especially in Idukki, where it has been possible to see images of a landslide that devastated what it found in its path until it reached a river on the side of a mountain.

The Indian Air Force announced this morning the dispatch of military helicopters to reinforce relief operations in areas flooded by heavy rainfall.

The forecast of the Department of Meteorology of India indicated in its last part that, although the situation is improving in the region, “isolated strong precipitations” are expected over Kerala and the neighboring states in the coming days.

Landslides and floods are common during the monsoon season in South Asia, where in addition to casualties, significant material damage occurs, but the state of Kerala has been particularly hard hit in recent years.

Torrential rains between May and August 2018, causing the worst flooding in nearly a century in Kerala, caused at least 370 deaths, while a year later heavy rains left 76 deaths in the region.

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