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Incessant rain in the southern Indian state of Kerala has forced 34 693 people to seek refuge in 265 relief camps across the state, with flood waters inundating low-lying areas.The districts of Kottayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam are reported to be the worst affected. Landslides, and damages to crops and property, is being reported from Idukki, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts.
At least 12 people have died in rain-related incidents. Normal life has been disrupted, with road and rail traffic affected due to water-logging in many parts of the state.
Violence continues as a result of government operations aimed at eradicating civil society protests. On 17 of July, around 1 500 police and paramilitary forces attacked the district of Monimbo (Masaya, population 173 000, 27 km south of Managua) in a cleansing operation including house by house searching for opponents. According to local media 3 people were killed during the operation.
On 16 July, more than 1 600 people of the indigenous Lumad were forced to leave their homes in the remote villages in the mountains of Surigao Del Sur in Mindanao, due to the presence of armed forces in the area. They sought temporary shelter at the gymnasium of Barangay Diatagon in the Municipality of Lianga, respectively in host families. Also displaced are 568 students from the indigenous community and 48 teachers as their schools in their villages have been affected by the conflict.