Heavy rains kill 30 in southern India

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescue people from floodwaters after heavy rainfall in Hyderabad, India, India, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP)
Updated 15 October 2020

Heavy rains kill 30 in southern India

  • Dramatic images showed cars being washed away by swirling waters
  • Personnel from the army and the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to evacuate stranded residents

HYDERABAD: At least 30 people have been killed because of sudden torrential rains and flooding in southern India, officials said Thursday.
In Hyderabad city, home to top IT companies, nine people were killed when a wall collapsed on them and 10 others died from electrocution and drowning, a local official told AFP.
Dramatic images showed cars being washed away by swirling waters, bridges submerged by swollen rivers and trucks stranded on roads inundated by flooding Wednesday.
Eight members of a family, who were standing in their balcony to watch the rain, were also washed away due to sudden flooding in Hyderabad.
Two of them were found dead and the search is on for the remaining six, the Times of India reported.
Personnel from the army and the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to evacuate stranded residents.
Weather officials blamed the sudden deluge on a depression in the Bay of Bengal.
Telangana state is the hardest hit area but the flooding has also affected neighboring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Flash floods kill hundreds of people across India every year, with experts blaming poor construction and warning systems for the fatalities.


China's Xi congratulates Biden on US election win

Updated 25 November 2020

China's Xi congratulates Biden on US election win

  • Sino-US relations have deteriorated to their worst in decades during incumbent US President's Donald Trump's four years in office
  • China's foreign ministry congratulated Biden on Nov. 13, nearly a week after many US allies had

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the Nov. 3 US presidential election, voicing hope the two countries could promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Sino-US relations have deteriorated to their worst in decades during incumbent US President's Donald Trump's four years in office, with disputes simmering over issues from trade and technology to Hong Kong and the coronavirus.
In his congratulatory message to Biden, Xi said healthy ties between the world's two biggest economies were not only in the fundamental interests of their two peoples but also expected by the international community, Xinhua reported.
China's foreign ministry congratulated Biden on Nov. 13, nearly a week after many US allies had, holding out as Trump, who is still challenging the election results, refused to concede defeat.
In 2016, Xi sent congratulations to Trump on Nov. 9, a day after that year's election.
Also on Wednesday, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan congratulated Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, on being elected as the next US vice president, Xinhua said, without providing further details.