1148 GMT October 22, 2019
With rains predicted to worsen in coming days, the government ordered military teams to form rescue units and airlift food to stranded villages across Kerala, AFP reported.
At least 48 people have died since Thursday in floods in Kerala, where the beaches and hill resorts are a major international tourist magnet, state police spokesman Pramod Kumar told AFP.
In neighboring Karnataka, at least 24 people have been killed with nine people missing. The western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat have also been badly hit by annual monsoon storms.
Media reports said at least 27 people have lost their lives in Maharashtra, with several major roads closed by floods. Storm accidents killed eight people in the key Gujarat cities of Ahmedabad and Nadiad.
The worst fears are for Kerala where the police spokesman said about 120,000 people have moved into emergency relief camps.
"There are around 80 places where flood and rains have triggered mudslides, which we cannot reach," Kumar added.
"About 200 people are stranded at one place. We are trying to use air force helicopters to drop food to them."
Kerala's main airport at Kochi has been closed since Friday. About 500 people died in floods in the state last year which were the worst in nearly a century.
More than 600 relief camps in Karnataka are now filled with 161,000 people, a state disaster management authority official told AFP.
While the monsoon rains are crucial to replenishing water supplies, they kill hundreds of people every year.
In Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country, also Rescue workers pulled bodies from the rubble of homes in a village on Saturday where a landslide a day earlier killed at least 32 people, with dozens still missing, Reuters reported.
Heavy rain caused the landslide in Thaphyu Kone village, in the southern Mon state, sending mud crashing into a cluster of houses and burying residents.
Severe rainfall has pummeled southern Myanmar for days, causing flooding that has displaced at least 12,000 people, according to the United Nations.
Typhoon in eastern China
Also in China, 18 people were killed and 14 were missing on Saturday in a landslide triggered by a major typhoon, which caused widespread transport disruptions and the evacuation of more than one million people, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on Saturday in the eastern province of Zhejiang with maximum winds of 187 km (116 miles) per hour, although it had weakened from its earlier designation as a “super” typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Thousands of flights were cancelled in eastern China, according to the country’s aviation regulator, with most flights into and out of Shanghai’s two major airports cancelled on Saturday afternoon, their websites showed.