24 Persons killed in floods in Southern India

[Photo : KBC]

24 people have been killed in floods in southern India after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off towns and villages.

Police say the death toll could go up as many people are still missing as several houses have been washed away.

In one tragic incident, a family of six – including a 75-year-old grandmother and three children were confirmed dead after their home was swept away.

The bodies of another three children were also found buried under the debris in Idukki district.

Fishing boats are being used to evacuate survivors trapped in Kollam and other coastal towns, as sections of road have been swept away and trees uprooted.

Military helicopters are being used to fly in supplies and personnel to areas where people are trapped.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled with the bereaved families.

Days of heavy rainfall in Kerala state has caused deadly landslides even as the Indian military joins in the rescue efforts.

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