Thousands Evacuated Following India’s Monsoon

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Heavy flooding has been a boon for the Chaopraya Antique Cafe in Nonthaburi, near Bangkok
Heavy flooding has been a boon for the Chaopraya Antique Cafe in Nonthaburi, near Bangkok

At least 35 people are dead and over 2,000 people have been evacuated after heavy rains in southern India devastated communities with flash floods and landslides. 

The Indian army, navy and air force spent the weekend searching for survivors in the state of Kerala, sending survivors to one of the over 100 relief camps that have been set up, the state’s disaster management authority said.

“The water entered my house with force last night and everything was lost,” Shahul Hameed, a resident from Kottayam, told Al Jazeera. “We only have the clothes that we are wearing.”

India’s Meteorological Department said the heavy rainfall was caused by a low-pressure area over the southeastern Arabian Sea and Kerala, CNN reported. The monsoon is expected to continue until Wednesday. 

“It is unfortunate that a few lives were lost in heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Condolences to the families of the deceased,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Tweet.

As rescue efforts continue, Kerala's State Disaster Management Authority is still trying to determine the number of people missing. 

"It was my livelihood. Everything is gone,” a man told Kerala news channel, Manorama TV.

Military helicopters are being used to fly in supplies and personnel to areas where people are trapped and the government announced financial aid for those who have lost houses and crops, BBC reported.

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