0948 GMT May 27, 2022
Since the fierce downpours began last week, rising rivers have decimated bridges and vehicles and houses have been washed away. Several dams were reaching full capacity, AP reported.
KJ Ramesh, one of India’s top meteorologists and former head of the meteorological agency, said the increase in rainfall was linked to climate change and warmer oceans.
“This is definitely a sign of things to come,” he said.
More than 9,000 people have taken refuge in more than 200 camps across the state, authorities said.
The heavy rains were the result of an area of low pressure that formed over the southeastern Arabian Sea and Kerala. It was expected to subside on Monday, but the Meteorological Department warned that fresh winds with rain would hit the region starting Wednesday, bringing more precipitation.
Heavy rains are also forecast in several northern and eastern states of India.
The National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army deployed teams to Kerala to assist in the rescue efforts.
“I pray for the safety and well-being of all,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter.