Floods and landslides in India kill at least 25

21:49, 17 October 2021
Floods and landslides in India kill at least 25 Photo: Kcna/ Look Press

The southwestern part of the country has been hit by heavy rains which caused floods in the state of Kerala.

Heavy rainfalls in Kerala have triggered massive floods which took the lives of at least 25 Indian citizens, local authorities announced on Sunday. 11 bodies have been found in the Idukki district while the rest have been reported in Kottayam.

The rainfalls started on Friday and intensified over the weekend leaving hundreds of locals trapped in floods. Dozens of people have been reported missing.

The region’s rivers have overflowed flooding roads and covering a large area with water.

Thousands of Indians have been evacuated from the region while at least 100 humanitarian camps have been erected, Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement.

Authorities have also requested the assistance of the country’s army and air forces.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has presented his condolences and assured that the government will provide the necessary aid to the victims.

The situation is expected to get better on Monday as meteorologists forecast that the rains will ease whereas northern India is expected to be hit by "heavy to very heavy rainfalls" in the upcoming week.

Around 500 people were killed in Kerala in 2018 when the state experienced the toughest floods in almost a century.