Troops Rescuing People In Indian State Of Kerala

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
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India's armed services are stepping up efforts to rescue thousands of people stranded by flooding in southern Kerala state that has killed 324 people.

Hundreds of troops, and dozens of boats and helicopters are helping to evacuate people from what officials say is the worst flooding there in a century, report CNN and the BBC.

Many people are still believed to be trapped on rooftops of flooded homes.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala's chief minister, tweeted on Friday that 314,391 people were staying in relief camps across the state.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveyed the flooding damage. Images showed the prime minister at a meeting with local officials and flying over the flooded areas.

82My thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives due to incessant flooding across Kerala. I hope the injured recover at the earliest

Following the meeting, Minister Vijayan said an initial assessment indicated the floods caused an estimated $2.7 billion in damages.

In a statement, Prime Minister Modi announced the government has approved $71.6 million in assistance along with other relief such as food and medicines.

Image credit: AFP

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