Heavy rains in southern India killed 17, dozens missing

Heavy rains in southern India killed 17, dozens missing

Hyderabad At least 17 people were killed and dozens missing in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh after days of torrential rain, authorities said.

The state has been hit by severe torrential rain since Thursday, causing flash floods in at least five districts.

Police said the death toll rose to 17 late Friday night, after three people were killed in a building collapse. Ten people trapped under the rubble were rescued, but two are missing.

Earlier on Friday, at least ten people were killed when the bus they were traveling in was swept away by torrential floods. Efforts to search for and rescue the missing passengers continued on Saturday.

Deaths have been reported from various regions over the past few days, with officials warning that the numbers could rise as rescue operations continue. Teams from the National Disaster Relief Force have been deployed to the worst affected and vulnerable areas, local authorities have rescued and hundreds of families have been evacuated to shelter homes.

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In Kadaba district, one of the worst affected districts, incessant rains and floods have forced officials to close the local airport until Thursday. The breaches in dams and tanks caused more flooding, stranding hundreds of villages and stranding many residents in their homes, officials said.

It is not unusual for southern India to rain at this time, although the country has experienced prolonged monsoons this year as experts have warned that climate change has exacerbated the problem by making rainfall more intense and frequent.

Last week, floods hit neighboring Tamil Nadu, while at least 28 people died in the southern state of Kerala, where torrential rains triggered landslides last month.

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