Kerala Flooding: Death Toll Rises to 350 in Southern India’s Worst Flooding in a Century (Photos)

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At least 324 people have been killed and more than 800,000 residents are displaced in flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

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Devastating flooding

About 800,000 people have been displaced and more than 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern ’s Kerala state, according to officials.

The downpours that started Aug. 8 have triggered floods and landslides and caused homes and bridges to collapse across Kerala, a picturesque state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and beautiful beaches.

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Thousands of rescuers were continuing efforts to reach out to stranded people and get relief supplies to isolated areas by hundreds of boats and nearly two dozen helicopters, said P.H. Kurian, a top disaster management official in Kerala. He said weather conditions had improved considerably and expected the nearly 10,000 people still stranded to be rescued by Monday.

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Some local fishermen offered their boats to assist in the rescue.

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Source: Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Power, transport and other infrastructure has taken a huge hit and the international airport in the main city, Kochi, has been closed.

Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said the state is facing an extremely grave crisis and the economic damage is likely to run into billions of dollars.

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“The nation stands firmly with Kerala in this hour,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after conducting an aerial survey on Saturday. He promised more assistance to the rescue-and-relief effort.

The region’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has described the flooding as the worst the state has seen in a century.

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Source: AP

’s Meteorological Department lowered the weather alert warning from red to orange in all districts.


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Kerala Flooding: Death Toll Rises to 350 in Southern India's Worst Flooding in a Century (Photos)
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