At Least 34 Dead, More Missing in India Floods
At least 34 people have died and more are missing after heavy rains swept the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to the Hindustan Times. The rain began on Thursday, November 18, and has continued for days. The downpour caused substantial flooding throughout at least 5 districts. The climate crisis has been linked to more intense and frequent rainstorms, and this monsoon season has been prolonged in India, according to the Associated Press.
On Friday, November 19, at least a dozen people died as the flooding swept away the bus they were traveling in. That evening, 3 people died when a building collapsed. Search and rescue teams saved 10 others in the building, but as of Saturday, 2 were still missing. As rescue operations continue, officials are saying that the death toll could rise. Surrounding states have also experienced fatalities, including Kerala, which saw at least 28 people die in rain-triggered landslides last month.