‘Extremely grave’ situation in southern Indian state as more than 150,000 people displaced from their homes
Michael SafiFirst published on Fri 17 Aug 2018 02.09 BST
The death toll from floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala has jumped to 164 and could grow further, with more rain predicted and thousands of people still awaiting rescue.
Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, an international airport 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.
The state chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has described the crisis as “extremely grave”, and the official death toll leapt on Friday from 86 to 164. “Around 100 people died in the last 36 hours alone,” a state official said.
North and central Kerala have been worst hit by the floods. Thousands of military and civilian boats and aircraft have been mobilised for the rescue effort.