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26 dead, many missing after heavy rains wreak havoc in India's Kerala - China.org.cn

heavy rains wreaked havoc in the southern Indian state of Kerala


At least 26 people were killed and many others reported missing after heavy rains wreaked havoc in the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said Sunday.



The rains triggered waterlogging, flooding and landslides in several areas of the state.

Authorities have asked India's National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) personnel and defence forces, army, navy and air force, to carry out rescue and relief efforts.

Local media reports said over a dozen people have been reported missing due to landslides accompanied by a heavy downpour.

"The search operations are underway for the missing persons in the debris in Kottayam and Idukki districts," an official said.

Federal Home Minister Amit Shah Sunday said the Indian government was monitoring the situation in Kerala and has already deployed NDRF teams to aid rescue operations in the rain-ravaged parts of the state...

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