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Southern India floods kill 33, while six go missing in incessant rains
Chief Minister of the India's southern Kerala state, Pinarayi Vijayan, said on Sunday (August 12), that the figure of the deceased in incessant floods reached 33 and six people were reported missing, after heavy monsoon rains lashed several parts of the state. Heavy rainfall has affected thousands and many were forced to flee their homes. Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Pathalam and Wayanad are among the worst hit districts of the state, so far. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams and India's Army, Airforce, Navy, Coast Guard, and other trained forces were also invited for rescue operation for the civilians stuck in flooded areas. Civilians were seen scurrying to their roofs to escape the gushing flood waters. Many of them have been forced to live on their roofs as the ground floors of homes which are low-lying have been submerged by the floods. Relief camps have been set up in various places in the state. One of the victims, Vishnu said that help was coming everywhere in the form of basic necessities like clothes, blankets etc. Rainfall is important for India as a major section of its 1.2 billion population is engaged in farming and depends on rains. However, excessive monsoon rains this year caused major rivers across India to swell causing floods and widespread loss of property and life. The impact is worsened by crumbling civic infrastructure, clogged drains and uncontrolled urban expansion.