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How to interpret "rainfall"

"Dozens of people have been killed across India and Nepal by unseasonably heavy rainfall and floods."

1) "rainfall" it can be both countable and uncountable, is it correct?
2) Why did the writer use "rainfall (uncountable)" instead of "a rainfall (countable)"? What is the difference in meaning? Was it raining for a unspecified time? In this sentence, is it possible to write "by an unseasonably heavy rainfall" instead?
3) Does "floods (plural)" mean there were tides in several areas?

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