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Heavy rains across India leave trail of destruction

Rain triggered floods and wreaked havoc across Southern India. Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka are the worst hit states. 

Rising death toll in Kerala

At least 22 people have died in Kerala after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooding that cut off some areas, authorities said on Friday.

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Kochi airport closed

In Kerala, the disaster forced the evacuation of more than 22,000 people and the closure of Cochin International Airport, the busiest airport in the tourist state.

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Rescue operations in force in Karnataka

A few dozen people are feared trapped after a major landslide in Puthumala village in the hilly district of Wayanad. Rescuers have recovered seven dead bodies so far.

The state government is planning to airlift rescue equipment to the area, said Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

"All arrangements have been put in place to deal with the disaster," Vijayan added. 

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Milk and vegetable supply hit Maharashtra

Hundreds of villages and a few towns in the affected areas of Maharashtra do not have electricity and drinking water, a state government official said on Friday.

Milk and vegetable supplies to India's financial hub, Mumbai, dropped significantly on Friday because many of the affected districts in Maharashtra are major suppliers.

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Schools and colleges shut

Schools and colleges in many parts of western and southern India have been shut since Monday and are unlikely to open this week, authorities have said.

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Heavy rains batters Odisha

Heavy downpour in Odisha has battered several parts of the state, causing a flood like situation and disrupting train services across the southern region.

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