Kerala floods: At least 22 people killed after heavy rain causes landslides and floods

Heavy rain ravages the coastal state of Kerala since Friday, causing rivers to swell and roads to flood die left vehicles submerged in muddy waters, with some houses reduced to rubble.

Rescue efforts have continued since Saturday, with the Indian Army, Navy and air force assist. The National Disaster Response Force has 11 teams over southern and central parts of Kerala.

Thirteen people were killed in a landslide in the Kottayam district, according to state officials. Having nine bodies also recovered from the site of another landslide in the district of Idduki, officials said, adding that two people are still missing for. Three fishermen in the Malappuram district also remain missing.

A resident wears a dog in the midst of rubble of are damaged house after flash floods caused due to heavy rainfall in Thodupuzha, in Indian state of Kerala, on October 16.

Minimum 6.455 people have been evacuated to 184 relief camps in the entire state, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.

The heavy rainfall was caused by low pressure area over the southeastern Arabian Sea and Kerala, India’s Meteorological Department said. Flood was supposed to wane Monday, but CNN Weather still forecast 50 to 100 millimeters (2 to 4 inches) of to rain for the area in the next few days.

AN car stuck in muddy water after torrential rain in Kerala state on October 16.

Home to more than 33 million peopleKerala regularly experiences heavy rainfall during the monsoon months from late May to September. Flash floods and landslides have become more real more frequent and severe in the state in recent years.

In August 2018 minimum 324 people were killed and more more than 300,000 evacuated after torrential rains battered Kerala, resulting in the worst floods die the state had seen in almost one century. some 13 of Kerala’s 14 districts were under a red alert, the highest warning level issued during emergencies in India.

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