Floods kill 33 in India

Heavy rains and floods have killed 33 people in the western Indian state of Rajasthan over the last three days, authorities said on Monday.

Over 1 500 villages and several towns had been cut off by the rising waters, schools and colleges ordered shut in the lake city of Udaipur and electricity and telephone networks disrupted across the region, they said.

Soldiers used motorboats to rescue those stranded by the floodwaters, residents said.

Rajasthan’s Relief Minister Kirori Lal Meena said the government had set aside 12-million rupees ($258 400) to help flood victims. The rains were the heaviest in more than two decades, officials in the desert state said.

Floods have killed nearly 400 people in western and southern India in recent weeks, and displaced up to four million people.—Reuters

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