At least 22 people killed after torrential rain in India’s Kerala state triggers landslides and floods

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The coastal state of Kerala has been receiving torrential rains since Friday, flooding rivers and flooding roads, drowning vehicles in mud, and turning some houses into rubble.

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Rescue work is going on since Saturday with the help of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 11 teams in the southern and central parts of Kerala.

According to state officials, 13 people died in landslides in Kottayam district. Nine bodies have also been recovered from another landslide site in Idduki district, officials said.

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According to the Disaster Management Authority of Kerala, thousands of people have been evacuated from the affected districts, with 156 relief camps across the state.

The India Meteorological Department said that a low pressure area over southeast Arabian Sea and Kerala led to heavy rains. The deluge was forecast to subside on Monday, but Granthshala Weather still predicts 50 to 100 millimeters (2 to 4 inches) of rain for the area in the coming days.

A car got stuck in muddy water after torrential rains in the state of Kerala on 16 October.
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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 died and more than 300,000 were evacuated after torrential rains. battered kerala, which resulted in the worst flood in the state in almost a century. 13 out of 14 districts in Kerala were under red alert, the highest alert level issued during an emergency in India.

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