Hyderabad, India — After several days of heavy rain, at least 17 people have died and dozens have gone missing in Andhra Pradesh, southern India, officials said Saturday.
The state has been hit by torrents since Thursday, causing massive floods in at least five districts.
According to police, 17 people died after the building collapsed and killed three people late Friday night. Ten people trapped under the debris have been rescued, but two are still missing.
At least 12 people were killed in a flood that washed away a bus earlier Friday. Search and rescue operations for missing passengers continued on Saturday.
Deaths in various districts have been reported over the past few days, and authorities have warned that the numbers could increase as rescue operations progress. A team of national disaster relief forces was placed in the worst-damaged and vulnerable areas, and local governments rescued hundreds of families and evacuated them to shelters.
In the Kadapa district, one of the worst-damaged constant rains and floods forced authorities to close their local airport until Thursday. Officials said dam and tank breaches caused further flooding, devastating hundreds of villages and trapping many inhabitants in their homes.
Floods in neighboring Tamil Nadu last week killed at least 28 people in southern Kerala as heavy rains caused landslides last month.
By Omer Farooq