More than 100 Dead in Indian Deluge- Kerala Floods

According to the Authorities on Friday said that Flash floods and landslides have killed 109 people in Kerala since torrential monsoon rains first battered the south Indian state last week. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that all those marooned in the state’s worst floods ever would be rescued by the evening even as authorities gave a massive boost to relief and rescue operations. “All marooned people will be saved by this evening. I am confident we can achieve this. The Centre is responding well,” Vijayan said at a press conference. A total of 780 personnel are now involved in the rescue mission. Meanwhile, tens of thousands have been displaced, and are sheltering in relief camps. The death toll has steadily risen over the past week as rescue workers scramble to reach thousands of people stranded by floodwater. The army, navy and coast guard have been sent in to assist, and fisherman have been asked to help with rescue efforts. Kerala remains under a red alert, the highest warning level issued during emergencies in India, according to India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which has deployed 53 teams across the state. The Chief Minister acknowledged that the situation remains serious but was optimistic of overcoming it.

Kochi: An aerial view of Aluva town following a flash flood after heavy rain, in Kochi on Sunday, August 12, 2018. (PTI Photo)(PTI8_12_2018_000072B)

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