The situation is “extremely grave” in southern Indian state Kerala. The death toll from floods has jumped to 164.
Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, the international airport Kochi has been closed and more than 150,000 people have been left homeless after unusually heavy rain this month caused the most damaging floods in Kerala in a century. This year’s deluge has swamped thousands of homes and forced more than 220,000 people into more than 1,300 relief camps. The state’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan office posted a new warning on Friday. “Alert: all districts apart from Kasargod are under red alert … heavy rains may affect these 13 districts. Everyone please be cautious.” More rain was predicted and thousands of people are still awaiting rescue.
Man neck deep in water in his house in Kerala
Thousands of military and civilian boats and aircraft have been mobilised for the rescue effort. The government said 10,000km (6,000 miles) of Kerala roads had been destroyed or damaged and tens of thousands of homes partially or completely damaged. The gates of at least 34 dams and reservoirs across the state have been opened in the last few days as water levels reached danger levels. Indian Medical Association has urged all the private hospitals to provide free treatment to those who are coming from relief camps and flood-affected areas.