Disasters & Accidents

Hundreds displaced as record rain triggers chaos in south India

New Delhi, Jul 28 (EFE).- Several cities and highways in south India were hit by flooding on Friday as the region witnessed record rain, with emergency services being pressed into service as hundreds of people were affected.

Heavy monsoon rains particularly affected the southern state of Telangana, where a red-alert remained in place on Friday, a day after the region recorded the highest rainfall in a single day, according to data provided by the Telangana State Development Planning Society.

The rains caused flooding in the Mulugu and Bhupalpally districts, which have been the worst affected so far as several houses were partially submerged in water and roads were cut off, with local broadcasters airing footage of the flooding.

Due to this situation, all the educational institutions in Telangana would remain closed from Friday, the state government announced on Twitter.

Over the past 24 hours, emergency personnel have rescued around 600 people who were trapped in the Moranchapalli village due to flooding, transferring them to safe areas, Telangana’s tourism minister G Kishan Reddy tweeted.

The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow-alert for “heavy to heavy rains” on Friday in the southwestern state of Goa, the central Madhya Pradesh, and western Maharashtra, as per the latest forecast bulletin.

Rains cause significant personal and material damage in South Asian countries every year, especially during the monsoon period between May and September. EFE


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