At least 35 people have been killed by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Authorities say the death toll could rise sharply in the coming hours.
The National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army deployed teams to assist in rescue efforts as many people are still missing.
Road clearing operations are underway.
In 2018, Kerala suffered catastrophic flooding when heavy rains during the monsoon season killed more than 400 people, while hundreds of thousands more were forced to flee their homes.
The Prime Minister of the state, Pinarayi Vijayan, urged the residents to be careful even though the heavy rains started to decrease. More than 100 aid camps were set up in the country, he added.
The non-seasonal rains — coming after the monsoon season — were caused by a low-pressure system over the adjacent Arabian Sea. The state’s main pilgrimage to the prominent Sabarimala shrine was postponed.
The weather office in India forecast light to moderate rainfall in the region over the next 24-48 hours.
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