At least 30 people have died or gone missing as a result of flash floods in southern India


Since the temple opened last week for the annual two-month pilgrimage season, hundreds of worshippers have travelled to Sabarimala. According to accounts, at least 30 people have died or gone missing due to flash floods in southern India, with three buses carried away in one event.
On Friday, rescue crews in the state of Andhra Pradesh retrieved a dozen dead from three buses. At least 18 more persons are still missing. Climate change, analysts believe, is driving unpredictable and harsh weather across South Asia, which is worsened by damming, deforestation, and excessive growth.
Since October, dozens of people have perished in India due to floods and landslides caused by severe rains, and the country’s Met Office has forecast further heavy rainfall in various southern locations on Saturday. Last month, torrential rains in Kerala killed at least 42 people. On Friday, officials suspended admission to Sabarimala, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, owing to the heavy rains. The leading news paper in India said Saturday that rising water levels in the Pamba river, which is considered holy by pilgrims, compelled officials to halt pilgrims for a day.


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