At least 41 killed as heavy rains hit southern India and Sri Lanka

Television pictures show tragedy in India’s Kerala and nearby Bangladesh as flash floods in Sri Lanka leave 13 dead At least 41 killed as heavy rains hit southern India and Sri Lanka At least…

At least 41 killed as heavy rains hit southern India and Sri Lanka

Television pictures show tragedy in India’s Kerala and nearby Bangladesh as flash floods in Sri Lanka leave 13 dead

At least 41 killed as heavy rains hit southern India and Sri Lanka

At least 41 people have been killed after heavy rains in southern India and Sri Lanka have triggered floods that inundated villages and trapped hundreds of people.

Mobile phone networks in the areas have been cut, forcing many people to sleep on the floor of houses with heavy livestock in tow, the local media reported.

In the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, at least 13 people were killed in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains on Thursday. Sri Lanka’s national disaster management centre, which expects more rain on Friday, has asked residents to remain alert and its warning system is in place.

In Kerala, India, 112 people were rescued by army troops, the state relief authority said. Television pictures showed devastation in the central district of Perambalur, where rainwater rushed into houses and damaged roads.

The damage has been so severe in the state, which includes the famous tea-growing region, that the sowing of green tea plants has been called off indefinitely.

India’s meteorological department said as much as 3in (8cm) of rain would fall in two days in some areas of Kerala.

“The dam sites in the affected areas are at a very high level and water levels in most of them could cross the flood stage in next two days,” the National Disaster Response Force chief, Anupam Pattnaik, said.

In neighbouring Sri Lanka, emergency workers rescued some residents as monsoon rains hit the island. At least three people were killed and six were missing in a landslide in central Pallekele district.

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