HYDERABAD, India (AP) – At least 17 people have died and many are reported missing in Andhra Pradesh in southern India days after heavy rains, authorities said on Saturday.
The state has been hit by heavy rains since Thursday, causing floods in at least five states.
The death toll rose to 17 on Friday night after three people were killed when a house collapsed, police said. Ten people trapped under the rubble have been rescued but two are still missing.
Earlier Friday, at least a dozen people died when a flood swept away the bus they were traveling in. Search and rescue operations for the needy continued on Saturday.
People have died in various states in recent days, with officials warning that the number could rise as rescue operations continue. National Disaster Relief Force teams have been deployed to high-risk and high-risk areas, and government officials have rescued and evacuated hundreds of families to safety.
In Kadapa district, heavy rains, continuous rains and floods forced officials to close the airport until Thursday. Officials say the demolition of dams and tanks has led to flooding, which has left many villages devastated and many people locked up in their homes.
Rainfall in southern India at the moment is not uncommon despite the fact that this year the country has been a thunderstorm for a long time and experts warn that climate change is exacerbating the problem as it makes it rain more and more frequent.
Last week, neighboring Tamil Nadu was hit by a landslide in which at least 28 people in southern Kerala were killed when a torrential downpour triggered last month.