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28 killed in southern India after torrential rains trigger floods and landslides

Southern India Floods
Posted at 7:02 AM, Oct 19, 2021

NEW DELHI — Officials are predicting more rain as the death toll from floods and landslides in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 28.

Since the ferocious downpours began last week, swollen rivers have decimated bridges, and vehicles and homes have been swept away.

Several dams were nearing full capacity.

According to CNN, 13 people were killed in a landslide in the Kottayam district on Saturday, and another nine people were killed in a landslide in the district of Idduki.

According to The Guardian, thousands of people have been evacuated from the region, and at least 100 relief camps have been set up.

It's unclear how many people in the region are still missing.

A top meteorologist says the increased rainfall is linked to climate change and warmer oceans.

The heavy rainfall resulted from a low-pressure area that formed over the southeastern Arabian Sea and Kerala.

It was expected to ease Monday, but the Meteorological Department warned that new rain-bearing winds would hit the region starting Wednesday, bringing more precipitation.