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Photos Show the Devastation of Monsoons Ravaging India and Pakistan

NEW DELHI — Furious monsoon rains pounded India and Pakistan over the weekend, wiping away entire villages, submerging cities and leaving civilians desperately crouching on rooftops and, in one instance, frantically clutching onto a construction crane for rescue.

In the south Indian state of Kerala, nearly 290,000 people were displaced from their homes from Thursday to Sunday morning, with 76 people killed, 32 injured and 58 missing, according to the local government, which expects the toll to increase. At least 97 people died in flooding in three other states in India.

Indian military forces fanned out across the south and west of the country to perform rescue missions. In one case, they stripped down tree limbs to haul a wheelchair-bound man to safety through a thick forest and, in another, provided dinghies to ferry civilians to one of the hundreds of relief camps set up across the nation.

In Kavalappara, in Kerala state, the heavy rains caused a mudslide on Thursday night that wiped away an entire village, except for one house. When rescue workers finally reached the area 12 hours later, only three people remained alive. The bodies of other villagers were pinned down by felled trees or buried deep in the mud.

“We are finding bodies carried away by the mudslide about a kilometer from where their homes once stood. We think there are 30 children buried in the mud,” said Pratheesh K.P., a rescue worker at the site, who added that this was the worst flooding he had seen in his seven years on the job.

Nearly 120 miles away from the devastated village in Kavalappara, about 500 people from the remote village of Sreekandapuram considered themselves lucky to be alive: Their homes had been rocked by two landslides, about four hours apart.

One of those villagers, Adarsh K.K., was taking shelter in one of the 1,654 government-run displacement camps set up across Kerala State.

“Most people were rescued from the water using fishermen and army boats,” he said. “Most of the houses are underwater.”

In Pakistan, the southern city of Karachi, the country’s most populated, was inundated by the floods. The city’s residents, long inured to government apathy, posted videos online showing submerged roads and neighborhoods flooded with rainwater. At least 11 people died in the city over the weekend, according to the local government.

On Sunday, as thunder resounded across the city, neighborhood streets turned into muddy rivers with garbage and sewage flowing past people’s houses. People waded through knee-deep water, and three young men were killed in an upscale neighborhood, electrocuted by the current from an electricity pole submerged in the floodwater.

The floods left a cluster of people on a causeway fearing for their lives, the raging waters quickly encroaching on the small patch of land that had not yet been submerged. The government was ill-prepared in its relief efforts, but posted footage of the hazardous rescue they did offer to those trapped on the causeway: a construction crane hoisting civilians high into the air, their bodies, stiff with fear, swaying above the waves.

Karachi’s flooding quickly became a point of political contention, with various political parties trading volleys of blame for the haphazard urban planning in the megalopolis and its creaking infrastructure. Governance and corruption problems have plagued the municipality of about 15 million residents, and citizens demanded to know where their taxes had gone.

By Monday, the pools of stagnant water had mixed with blood as people began sacrificing animals as part of the rituals for the start of the Eid al Adha festival, a major Muslim religious holiday.

Shalini Venugopal contributed reporting from New Delhi, Saba Imtiaz from Karachi and Ayesha Venkataraman from Mumbai.

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