At least 66 people have died and some 360,000 evacuated to relief camps after torrential rain brought flash flooding in southern India.
The rain brought deadly flooding and mudslides to the states of Kerala and Karnataka, according to reports.
The Press Trust of India quoted officials saying that 42 people have died in Kerala since Thursday.
Authorities have set up 1,111 relief camps with about 125,000 people.
In neighboring Karnataka, at least 24 people have died, with 235,000 being moved to safer areas, according to the state’s chief minister, B.S. Yediyurappa.
He added that there had been extensive destruction to property and livestock.
Image: Rescuers remove debris as they search for victims of a landslide caused by torrential monsoon rains in Meppadi
Reports quoted a Kerala official saying the bodies of seven people were recovered and 15 were feared trapped in a mudslide in a Wayanad tea plantation.
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India’s Tamil Nadu state in the far south has also faced severe floods and mudslides with the air force deployed to rescue marooned residents.
Kerala suffered catastrophic floods a year ago when heavy downpours amid the monsoon season killed 223 people and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes.
Torrential rain hit South Asia with 160 people killed last month in Nepal and Bangladesh.
Source : Sky News