21 dead as heavy rains lash south India’s Kerala Oct 18, 2021 0 0 12345 dpa New DelhiThe death toll in landslides and flooding following heavy rains in India’s southern state of Kerala climbed to 21 on Sunday, officials said.Torrential rains since Saturday led state authorities to request the help of the Indian military for rescue and relief operations.Thirteen people died in Kotayyam while eight more rain-related fatalities were reported from Idukki, according to the state information department.A dozen people, some of them children, were missing in Idukki, media reports said.The intensity of the rain had reduced in most parts of Kerala by Sunday morning after continuous rain overnight.Teams from the National Disaster Response Force were also deployed for relief and rescue operations.“We are continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. The central government will provide all possible support to help people in need. National Disaster Response Force have already been sent to assist the rescue operations. Praying for everyone’s safety,” federal home minister Amit Shah said on Twitter.Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of the victims and spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.Earlier, Vijayan held a meeting to monitor rescue efforts and said all means will be used to evacuate people stranded in areas flooded due to heavy rains in state.He directed relief camps to follow Covid-19 protocols. Masks, santizers, drinking water and medicines were made available in camps. The unseasonal rains - coming after the monsoon season - were caused by a low-pressure system over the adjoining Arabian Sea.The state’s main pilgrimage at the prominent Sabarimala shrine was postponed in view of the weather.India’s weather office has forecast light to moderate showers in the region over the next 24-48 hours. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hundreds rally in Iraq decrying results of recent parliamentary vote Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Saudi Arabia relaxes COVID-19 restrictions Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Israel warns of regional arms race if Iran completes nuclear weapon Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Pro-democracy group calls on S Africa to intervene in Eswatini dpa Maseru/Nairobi The Swaziland Solidarity Network on Sunday called on the South African government to intervene in neighbouring Eswatini, where they say political tensions “have gone beyond boiling point.” “I am .. Death toll from landslides, floods hits 40 in Philippines dpa Manila The death toll from landslides and floods caused by storm Kompasu in the Philippines has risen to 40, with 18 still missing, the national disaster agency said on Sunday. More than 43,000 people were displaced by .. Indonesian conservationists catch Sumatran tiger blamed for attacks dpa Jakarta Conservationists in Indonesia’s Sumatra island caught a rare Sumatran tiger which was said to have mauled two people to death, local media reported on Sunday. Police and staff from the Jambi nature .. Sea-Watch 3 resumes ops to rescue 60 migrants off Libya dpa Rome One day after resuming its operations in the central Mediterranean, the German NGO Sea-Watch has rescued a further 60 migrants from a precarious attempt to reach Europe by boat. The NGO’s boat, the Sea-Watch 3, ..