Worst flood in a century in India’s Kerala kills scores
The worst floods in a hundred years in the Indian state of Kerala killed scores of people and forced hundreds of thousands into relief camps, officials said on Friday with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher. Havovi Cooper reports.
EDITOR’S NOTE: RESENDING TO CORRECT CLAIM THAT THE FLOODS ARE THE WORST IN A CENTURY FOR KERALA STATE, NOT INDIA, AS ORIGINALLY REPORTED. REUTERS APOLOGIZES FOR THE ERROR.
A state in southern India has been hit with the worst floods in a century.
The rain in Kerala is thought to have killed scores of people – and forced hundreds of thousands into relief camps.
Officials say more misery is expected as heavy rain pushes water levels higher.
Rescue efforts have begun in earnest – with dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats in use.
Dramatic images show some of the affected being airlifted to safety.
Kochi airport has been flooded too – and has suspended operation for over a week
On Friday, officials said heavy rain continued to fall, with more showers expected over the weekend.
A big concern now is what happens after the rain stops.
Concerns are rife that people could be susceptible to serious water-borne diseases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi now plans to visit Kerala to, quote, “take stock of the unfortunate situation.”