Floods slam villages in southern Indian state

Rains across Kerala led to flash floods and landslides. At least 42 people have died in the last week, according to a statement from the chief minister's office.

Residential areas, schools and water bodies were partially submerged on Saturday (October 22) as people waded through water to reach their destinations.

"We need to find a way to get this water out from the roads and fields then only can we live there. We have been living here for decades. We do not have an option to live somewhere else," said a local, Meenakshi.

Kerala was also a victim to the worst floods in a century in 2018 that had killed at least 400 people and displaced around 200,000.

India, with 1.3 billion people, relies on rainfall to support its population, many of whom live rely on farming. But excessive rainfall can cause floods, landslides and water-borne diseases.

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