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India flood death toll shoots up to 324

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India flood death toll shoots up to 324

Post by Kingseyi on Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:22 pm

More than 300 people have been killed in the
Indian state of Kerala by the worst flooding to hit
the region in a century, authorities said Friday,
as troop reinforcements stepped up rescue
efforts.
An Indian man watches marooned houses
on the outskirts of Kozhikode district,
about 385 km north of Trivandrum in the
south Indian state of Kerala, on August
17, 2018.
Troop reinforcements stepped up
desperate rescue attempts in India’s
flood-stricken Kerala state on August 17
after more than 100 bodies were found in
a day and a half, taking the crisis death
toll to at least 164. / AFP PHOTO /
The state — a key international tourist draw with
its tropical mountains and beaches — has been
battered by record monsoon rainfall in recent
days and is “facing the worst flood in 100
years”, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
In a Twitter statement released by his office, he
said there had been “324 lives lost”, a tripling of
the death toll in the last 24 hours.
An Indian woman watches residents
walking through flood streets next to their
marooned houses on the outskirts of
Kozhikode district, about 385 km north of
Trivandrum in the south Indian state of
Kerala, on August 17, 2018.
Troop reinforcements stepped up
desperate rescue attempts in India’s
flood-stricken Kerala state on August 17
after more than 100 bodies were found in
a day and a half, taking the crisis death
toll to at least 164. / AFP PHOTO /
Vijayan added that 223,139 people have been
moved to more than 1,500 relief camps.
With thousands still trapped, power and
communication lines down and fresh alerts of
further torrential rain, authorities warned of even
more trouble ahead.
More than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats
are attempting rescues across Kerala.
Extra troops have been sent in and local
fishermen have also joined the operation with
their boats.
People all over the state of 33 million people
have made panic-stricken appeals on social
media for help, saying they cannot get through
to rescue services.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was set to
arrive in the stricken state on Friday night.


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