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Kerala floods: Monsoon waters kill hundreds in Indian state

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in Kerala, as the death toll from the worst flooding to hit the southern Indian state jumped to at least 200, with losses to infrastructure pegged at almost Rs 20,000.

With more rains predicted and a red alert in place, Cochin airport is expected to remain shut until 26 August. Hundreds of troops have been deployed to rescue those caught up in the flooding.

Chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has described the flooding as the worst the state has seen in a century.

Further downpours are forecast for the weekend, leading many to fear the situation may get worse.

Helicopters have been airlifting people marooned by the flooding to safety, with photographs and footage emerging from the area showing elderly people and children being rescued.

The government has urged people not to ignore evacuation orders, and is distributing food to tens of thousands of people who have fled to higher ground.

Published on 17 August 2018