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INDIA: Rain piles more misery as death toll from Monsoon floods, landslides reach I67

INDIA: Rain piles more misery as death toll from Monsoon floods, landslides reach I67

The continued downpour of heavy rains in the Indian state of Kerala causing Monsoon floods and landslides has jerked up the death toll from 67 to 167.

According to rescue officials, the floods have forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushed water levels higher.

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“I spoke to the defence minister this morning and asked for more helicopters,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told a news conference in the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, adding that he planned to send 11 more helicopters to the worst-hit places.

“In some areas, airlifting is the only option … thousands are still marooned,” said Vijayan.

The incident has turned out to be Kerala’s worst monsoon in almost a century, as authorities have placed local agencies on the highest alert level.

 

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