Severe flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala has killed at least 324 people which local officials said to be the worst flooding in 100 years in monsoon season.
Though India’s monsoon season started in June, the death toll in Kerala has risen in the past 24 hours. The rescue teams are battling torrential rains to save residents. Around 200,000 people left homeless in camps.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached in the state to see the destruction. According to Kerala government, many deaths occurred after crushing under debris caused by landslides.
More rains have predicted and a red alert in place by the met department. Kerala’s main airport is also expected to remain shut until 26 August. Hundreds of troops have also deployed to rescue those trapped in the flooding.
Helicopters are airlifting people stranded by the flooding to safety. More than 300 boats are also working in rescue attempts.
The government has also requested people not to ignore evacuation orders. It is distributing food to tens of thousands of people who have fled to higher ground.
The Indian home ministry said that more than 930 people have now died across India since the country’s monsoon season started.
The region’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan has called the flooding as the worst the state has seen in a century.
“We’re witnessing something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala,” he told.
Mr. Vijayan further added that more than 223,000 people were now living in more than 1,500 emergency relief camps established in the area.
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