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At least 29 people have been killed after a massive landslide, triggered by monsoon rains, which swept through dozens of tea plantation workers in southwest India, police said.

The landslide in the Idukki district, about 250 km (155 miles) from the state capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, took place on Friday, but search and rescue efforts were hampered by downpours torrential.

“Yesterday evening, we brought out 26 corpses. We released three more today, ”a district police official told AFP news agency on Sunday.

Local media reported that around 78 people are believed to be living in the area; many are still missing.

Kerala was hit by deadly flooding during the annual monsoon.

At least 18 people died in a jet plane crash in Kerala on Friday when an Air India Express plane overshot the runway as it attempted to land in a storm and plunged onto a shore.

The Indian meteorological department forecast heavy rains and issued a red alert on Sunday for Idukki as well as Wayanad and Mallapuram, two other districts in Kerala.

The monsoon in South Asia is essential for replenishing rivers and groundwater, but it also causes widespread death and destruction.

Across the country, at least 780 people died in monsoon-related incidents between late May and last Thursday, the interior ministry said.

The incidents included drownings, landslides, collapsed buildings, electrocutions, fallen trees and lightning.

More than 300 people have died in floods and landslides in eastern and northeastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal in recent weeks.

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