Indian flood disaster
The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have so far killed over 370 people and forced more than 800,000 into relief camps, officials say, with the toll expected to rise.
As the southwestern coastal state’s chief minister sought military reinforcements to boost rescue efforts, a disaster management official said that, since the monsoon season started about three months ago, more than 370 people had died due to flooding and landslides.
As the waters have risen, many people have found it increasingly hard to access food and other basic amenities, or to reach safety.
Indian volunteers evacuate local residents in a boat at Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala. Picture: AFP Source:AFP
|The death toll from floods in India's tourist hotspot is rising. Picture: AFP Source:AFP|
During the current monsoon, Kerala has been hit with over a third more rain than average, according to India’s weather office. The floods are the worst in a century.
In the latest bout that began nine days ago, 164 people have died and over 800,000 moved into more than 1500 relief camps, said Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of Kerala.
Heavy rains began hitting parts of the state again on Saturday morning, slowing attempts to deploy rescuers and get relief supplies to isolated areas, many of which have seen no help for days and can only be reached by boat or helicopter.
Rains are expected to subside to “light to moderate” levels on Sunday, India’s weather office said.
Indian commuters travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged Kerala. Picture: AFP Source:AFP
The rains have also disrupted transport networks in Kerala, a major destination for domestic and foreign tourists.
Some crops have also been inundated. The state is a major producer of rubber, tea, coffee and spices such as black pepper and cardamom.
|Houses destroyed by a landslide in Kerala, South India, after devastating floods that have killed more than 300. Picture: Manjunath Kiran /AFP Source:AFP|
Therefore, please include this recent Indian flooding in the daily Emergency Meditation at 2:00 PM UTC, if you feel so guided and visualize rescue missions being carried out as smoothly as possible, and that people can receive much-needed medical aid, supplies and logistics support.
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