At least 30 dead or missing in floods in India

At least 30 people have died or are missing following flash floods in southern India, media reported on Saturday.

On Friday, the water washed away three coaches in the coastal state of Andhra Pradesh and rescuers were able to remove a dozen bodies from them, according to the media.

But at least 18 other people are still missing, The NewsMinute portal said.

In recent years, southern India has been hit by increasingly unpredictable extreme weather events due to climate change and exacerbated by deforestation, dam construction and over-urban planning, experts say.

Dozens of people have lost their lives since October in floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall. For this Saturday, meteorologists announced heavy rains in several southern regions.

Due to the rains, Kerala state authorities banned access to the Sabarimala temple on Friday, one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism and the destination of an annual pilgrimage that began last week.

On the other hand, the flooding of the Pamba River, considered sacred, forced the authorities to prohibit the faithful from approaching it for a whole day, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported this Saturday.


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