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Report 42 dead in rain, mudslides in India’s Kerala state

NEW DELHI — At least 42 people have died and some 100,000 moved to relief camps following flash floods and mudslides caused by days of torrential rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

The Press Trust of India news agency on Saturday quoted officials as saying that 29 deaths had been reported in Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad districts since Aug. 8.

Authorities have set up 988 relief camps with 107,699 people.

An official is quoted as saying the bodies of seven people have been recovered and 15 are feared trapped in a mudslide in a Wayanad tea plantation.

Heavy downpour amid the monsoon season at the same time last year across Kerala caused the deaths of 223 people and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes.

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