324 dead and thousands homeless as worst flooding in 100 years hits India
At least 324 people have died and more than 223,000 people have been rendered homeless and placed in relief camps after the worst floods in a century hit Kerala in India.
Since the monsoon began at the end of May, the state of Kerala has received 37% excess rain water. In some parts it has been in excess of 84%.
The unprecedented rains have led to 37 of the 42 dams in the state running over the dangers mark, with gates being opened to drain excess water from catchment areas. The waters released caused the rivers to flood the adjoining areas.
Hundreds of military personnel from the army, navy, air force and coast guard have been pressed into rescue and relief operations. They are being supported by hundreds from the National Disaster Response Force. Air force helicopters have been rescuing many from remote places.
Emergency services have been overwhelmed by the flooding, and local fishermen have come in to help, using their boats in urban areas to deliver relief material to those stuck.
Damage to the roads and highways is hampering relief operations while landslides have caused blockage. The rail networks have also been affected badly with many trains being cancelled.
Food, medicines and essential supplies are in shortage, particularly in remote areas.
Schools have been closed and some districts have banned tourists, citing safety concerns
The Indian Meteorological Department said heavy rains will continue, but the intensity has lessened slightly.