By Alex Glenn • 18 October 2021 • 11:28
Flash floods and landslides kill at least 22 people in India.
The south Indian state of Kerala has been hit by flash floods and landslides. At least 22 people have died over the weekend due to the disaster. Multiple areas were hit with flooding. The Indian Army and Navy were deployed to help rescue people. India’s National Disaster Response Force swung into action to help people in need.
A government official has confirmed that a landslide hit the village of Kuttikkal, in the Kottayam district. 13 people were killed by the landslide. One family suffered a tragic six deaths.
The intense rainfall in the area has slowed. Officials fear though that the number of deaths may still rise. Rescue operations are still in progress.
The two worst-hit areas are Kottayam and Idukki. Two bodies were recovered on Sunday, October 17, by rescuers.
In total, six districts were placed on red alert. The heavy rain began on Saturday evening. One district had over 12 centimetres of rain before the alert was put in place.
Daring rescue attempts have been made. People swung into action to rescue passengers from a bus. The rescuers were spotted wading chest-deep through water in a brave rescue. The bus had nearly been submerged by floodwater.
Residents were advised to take extreme caution. The warning was given by Pinarayi Vijayan, the state chief minister. The Minister explained how relief camps have been set up to help those affected by the flooding.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and commented: “I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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