Floods in India Kill 33, Displace Thousands

Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday.

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they deliver more than 70% of India’s rainfall, crucial for farm output and economic growth.

A boat full of villagers trying to escape the flood las capsized on Thursday, killing at least 9 people, with rescuers searching for three or four still feared missing, he added.

Schools and colleges in many places have been shut since Monday and are unlikely to open this week, authorities have said.

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