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South India's mixed rain fortunes
Kerala floods
Heavy rains have made people homeless in Kerala
Floods and landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have brought chaos to parts of southern India.

Thousands of people are affected in Karnataka and Kerala states, and crops and property have been destroyed.

Three rivers have broken their banks in Karnataka and people living nearby have been told to move to safer places.

But in other areas of southern India the rainfall has come as a relief, bringing to an end a dry spell of four years in Andhra Pradesh.

Breaking banks

The release of excess reservoir water from badly-hit neighbouring Maharashtra state has contributed to the flooding in Kerala and Karnataka.

Officials say nearly 1,000 people have now died in monsoon floods in Maharashtra which has experienced some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in India.

The BBC's Sunil Raman in the Karnataka capital, Bangalore, says at least 10,000 people have been affected by flooding in Belgaum district in the north of the state.

In nearby Bagalkot district, at least 10 villages have been flooded after the region received its heaviest rain in 14 years.

The Krishna, Cauvery and Bhima rivers in the state are overflowing, prompting a warning from the government that those living close by should leave their homes.

There have been reports of landslides in neighbouring Kerala, the first state to receive monsoon rains every year in India.

The hill districts of Idukki and Munnar, both popular tourist destinations, have been affected. Some roads have been damaged and people have moved to higher ground.

Others benefit

Excess rainfall has, however, come as a boon for Tamil Nadu state, which is dependent on Karnataka and Kerala for its water.

It receives north-east monsoon rains during the winter months.

And in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, farmers are celebrating the end of a four-year dry spell.

Almost all of the state's reservoirs are full, according to the BBC's Omer Farooq in Hyderabad.

The government has announced that it will release water from the reservoirs for irrigation purposes by Sunday.

Thousands of farmers in the state have committed suicide in recent years due to persistent crop failures, fuelled by the ongoing drought.

The rains have also dramatically increased the generation of hydroelectric power in Andhra Pradesh.

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