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Death toll due to floods, landslides reaches 21 in India’s Kerala Updated: 2021-10-18 08:09:51 KST

Heavy rainfall over the weekend in India's Kerala state has caused massive floods and landslides, taking the lives of at least 22 people with others still missing.
Officials say the intense rainfall has subsided, but fear the death toll could rise as relief and rescue operations continue, with the help of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
The deadly floods and landslides have hit Idduki and Kottayam districts in central and south Kerala the hardest, with reports of people being injured and displaced, as well.
The state was also victim to the worst floods in a century in 2018, which killed at least 400 people and left roughly 200-thousand homeless.
While annual rainfall is essential in India's predominantly rural areas where farming is heavily relied upon, excessive rainfall has caused problems like floods, landslides and water-borne diseases.
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