At least 35 dead after heavy rain batters south India


New Delhi, November 23 (KMS): At least 35 people have been killed and dozens more remain missing after heavy rains battered parts of southern India, destroying houses and flooding roads, officials said.

Flash floods triggered by consistent heavy rain killed at least 32 people in Andhra Pradesh, said the state’s government officials. The rainfall began late last week, submerging highways and roads, while completely isolating some villages and blocking access to food and water.

At least 30 people remain missing, officials added.

Relief efforts in Andhra Pradesh are ongoing with 16 national and state disaster teams deployed to evacuate stranded residents, officials said. Nearly 58,000 people have been evacuated from their homes to 294 relief camps in the state, they maintained.

In neighboring Karnataka state, at least three people have died, disaster management official Tushar Giri Nath said. “People are mainly residing in their relatives’ places. We are arranging for food for them,” Nath said, adding that 150 homes had been damaged by the rain.

Earlier this month, heavy rain in Tamil Nadu killed at least 16 people, while many parts of the state’s capital, Chennai, were waterlogged. Government officials used pumps to drain water in some communities where residents were stranded waist deep.