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Floods, incessant rain kills at least 26 in southern India

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By ITN News Editor August 10, 2018 12:39

Floods, incessant rain kills at least 26 in southern India

Torrential rains and landslides killed at least 26 people in southern India, with the authorities opening the shutters of 24 water reservoirs in an unprecedented move to prevent potentially disastrous breaches. The June-September rains in Kerala state have cost 175 lives and damaged crops worth $49.81 million across 66,284 acre since their onset on May 29, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, who did not wish to be identified.

Meanwhile, heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1,600 people most of them campers in southern France. They say a 70-year-old German man who was helping to supervise children at one of the summer camps is missing. The worst-hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. More than 400 firefighters and police as well as four helicopters have been deployed. The flooding comes after southern France and much of Europe experienced unusually hot weather.

At the same time, days of continuous, heavy rain have battered southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and Guizhou Province, triggering geological disasters, blocking traffic and leaving residents stranded. In Rinbung County of Tibet, torrential rain caused a massive landslide along the mountain area near the Yarlung Zangbo River, which clogged the G318 Expressway one of main passages connecting the autonomous region’s capital of Lhasa and Shigatse. Traffic on the road was temporarily halted, with both drivers and vehicles held back from proceeding through it.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 10, 2018 12:39
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