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.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heavy to very heavy rains are likely to continue at least until 22 July 2018.