Heavy rains, floods leave 8 dead, 12 missing in south India

NEW DELHI (AP) — After a day of severe rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala, at least eight people have dead and a dozen are missing.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reported that rescue operations were ongoing on Sunday after heavy rains pounded the state the day before, causing flash floods and landslides.

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The Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force sent teams to assist with rescue attempts in two of the worst-affected districts, Kottayam and Idukki, where a dozen people are still missing.

Heavy rains, floods leave 8 dead, 12 missing in south India

When the severe rains started on Saturday, television footage showed people swimming into chest-deep water to save passengers from a bus that had been nearly buried by the floods that had flooded the roads.

Officials say the heavy rain has stopped, but they are concerned that the death toll will grow while relief and rescue efforts continue.

The federal government was following the situation in Kerala, according to Home Minister Amit Shah, and would provide all possible assistance to the state. In a tweet, he stated, “Praying for everyone’s safety.”

Kerala was devastated by floods in 2018, when strong rains during the monsoon season killed 223 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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