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At least eight people have died and a dozen are missing after a day of torrential rains in southern India’s Kerala state.

NEW DELHI – At least eight people have died and a dozen are missing after a day of torrential rains in the state of Kerala, southern India.

Rescue operations were underway on Sunday after heavy rains hit the state the day before, triggering flash floods and landslides, the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency reported.

The National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Army have deployed teams to assist with rescue efforts in two of the worst affected districts, Kottayam and Idukki, where a dozen people remain missing.

When the heavy rains began on Saturday, television reports showed people wading through chest-deep water to rescue passengers from a bus that was nearly submerged in torrents flooding the roads.

Officials said the heavy rains have subsided, but they fear the death toll may rise as relief and rescue operations continue.

Home Secretary Amit Shah said the federal government was monitoring the situation in Kerala and would provide all possible support to the state. “Pray for everyone’s safety,” he said in a tweet.

In 2018, Kerala suffered catastrophic flooding when heavy rains in the middle of the monsoon season killed 223 people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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