At least 17 people were killed Friday in flooding in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh caused by heavy rainfall. The Indian authorities announced this on Saturday, international news agencies reported. Dozens of others are still missing. Three people were killed when a building collapsed, police said. At least twelve people also died because the current took three buses with passengers. Authorities warn that the death toll could rise further.
Several districts in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh were hit by severe weather this week, causing dams to burst and rivers to burst their banks. The Indian authorities are carrying out rescue operations in the worst affected areas. Local authorities have evacuated hundreds of families and transferred them to temporary shelters. In Kadapa district, the airport was closed. Entrance to Sabarimala, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, was temporarily closed.
At least 28 people were killed as a result of storms in the southern state of Kerala in October. Last week, the state of Tamil Nadu was hit by flooding. Heavy rainfall at this time of year occurs almost every year in southern India. This year, however, the rain lasts longer than usual. Analysts point out that climate change is causing heavier and more frequent rainfall.