Strong Deluge Kills at Least 35 in Kerala, Many More Missing

State officials in Kerala, Southern India, said at least 35 people have died and many more missing in landslides and floods caused by heavy rains on Saturday. 

At least 22 people died in two landslides in Kottayam and Idukki districts that swept away several homes and buried others in mud and debris, Aljazeera reported.

Local media reported several drowning incidents, people being swept away by floodwaters, including a two-story house falling into a swollen river.

Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said rescue teams have evacuated thousands of people and had set up at least 100 relief camps.

In its continuing rescue efforts, the National Disaster Response Force has deployed 11 teams across the south and central parts of Kerala with the assistance of the Indian army, navy, and air force.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences and said authorities were working to help those affected or hit by the deluge.

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