Floods in southern India have killed at least 24 people after torrential rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off cities and villages.
There are five kids among the dead. Many individuals are still missing, therefore the death toll could increase even higher. In the Kerala state district of Kottayam, several houses were washed away, trapping residents. After their vehicle was flooded with floodwater, video from the region showed bus passengers being rescued.
Kottayam and Idukki are two of the state’s worst-affected districts. Days of excessive rain have also resulted in fatal landslides. Officials said military helicopters are being deployed to transport supplies and troops to locations where people are stuck. Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said on Sunday that thousands of people had been evacuated and more than 100 relief camps have been set up around the state.
#HADROps #KeralaFloods— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) October 17, 2021
Indian Air Force medium lift helicopters have been inducted for #floodrelief efforts in districts of #Kerala inundated due to heavy rains.#HarKaamDeshKeNaam pic.twitter.com/ZcwZRKyYZR
Alleppey city officials told BBC Hindi that the situation in the city was concerning. Alleppey is prone to flooding due to its network of canals and lagoons. Meanwhile, a number of heartbreaking stories are emerging from the afflicted areas. A family of six was declared deceased when their home in Kottayam was swept away, according to news agency PTI. The family included a 75-year-old grandmother and three children.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Sunday that he had discussed the subject with Mr. Vijayan. “Many people have died in Kerala as a result of the heavy rains and landslides. My heartfelt condolences go out to the deceased families “According to Mr. Modi.
In the Idukki district, the bodies of three more children, aged eight, seven, and four, were discovered buried beneath the debris. Because sections of road have been swept away and trees have been destroyed, fishing boats are being deployed to transport survivors stuck in Kollam and other coastal towns. A two-story house in Kottayam district was carried away in a muddy deluge, according to dramatic images shared on social media.
#WATCH | Kerala: A house got washed away by strong water currents of a river in Kottayam's Mundakayam yesterday following heavy rainfall. pic.twitter.com/YYBFd9HQSp— ANI (@ANI) October 18, 2021
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