Death toll following deadly India floods rises to 357

Glen Norman
August 19, 2018

People move past a flooded area in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Hundreds of people are still stranded in Chalakuddy near Thrissur without food and water.

More fishing boats from various places reached the affected areas during the day.

A Reuters witness in a relief helicopter in Chengannur, a town in southern Kerala, saw people stranded on roof tops and waving desperately for help. However, the death toll has risen to 357, with 33 more deaths reported on Saturday.


The CPI (M) and the Congress on Saturday said that the Rs. 500 crore relief announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was too little in the face of the devastation caused by the floods in Kerala.

Torrential rains in Kerala have triggered the state's worst flooding in almost a century, destroying thousands of homes and roads. The actual impact of the disaster will not be clear until the water recedes but the people of Kerala, along with the authorities, have swung into action in delivering the necessities to affected people.

He had also demanded in another tweet that Kerala floods be declared a national disaster without any delay, saying the lives, livelihood and future of millions of people is at stake. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and global tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. "As per our geological studies and today's condition in Kerala, the stagnant water will be drained much later than expected". Not able to communicate in the afternoon.


Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state. "Please help", he added.

PH Kurian State Relief Commissioner and Convenor of KSDMA told Al Jazeera: "We are deploying more boats, helicopters and the army to speed up rescue operations".

Other distressed messages were shared online from people trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as their homes. "The bank is also working on the possibility of starting operations through temporary premises after taking stock of the overall situation", it said. Officials estimate that more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) of roads have been damaged, and one of the state's major airports, in the city of Kochi, has been closed.


The gates of dozens of dams and reservoirs across the state have been opened as water levels reach unsafe levels, inundating many other villages. Over six lakh people are in relief camps across the state. Since the start of the monsoon season in June, more than 1,000 people have died in rains, floods and landslides across seven Indian states.

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