India Flooding: Death toll rises to 350

With more than 800,000 people forced to leave their homes as Kerala is battered by the 'worst floods in a century'.

India Flooding: Death toll rises to 350

The Indian flooding death toll has risen to over 350 with more than 800,000 people in total displaced by the natural disaster. Experts are labeling the deluge which has smashed the southern Indian state of Kerala this week as ‘the worst flooding in a century’ as rescuers battle to save those still cut off by the floods.

Authorities are also rushing to bring drinking water to the most affected areas, officials said Sunday. Thousands of rescuers were continuing efforts to reach out to stranded people and get relief supplies to isolated areas by hundreds of boats and nearly two dozen helicopters, Kurian said. He said weather conditions had improved considerably and expected the nearly 10,000 people still stranded to be rescued by Monday.

Large parts of southern India have been battered by heavy rain for weeks, which has triggered floors and landslides causing death and destruction.

At least 190 people have died in the flash flooding caused by torrential rain since August 8, while 350 have died in the three months of the rainy season.

The floods have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages. Heavy rain hit parts of Kerala again this morning, which has slowed attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas.

Many have seen no help for days and can only be reached by boat or helicopter, although rescue attempts are underway in some parts. Authorities said they were being inundated with calls for assistance, local media reported.

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