Friday, 17 August 2018

324 dead and thousands homeless as worst flooding in 100 years hits Kerala in India

Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands left homeless after the worst floods in a century hit Kerala in India.
At least 324 people have died and more than 223,000 people have been rendered homeless and placed in relief camps.

Monsoon rains have unleashed devastating flooding and landslides in the state.

 Indian volunteers and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in a boat in a residential area at Kozhikode, in the Indian state of Kerala

Since the monsoon began at the end of May, Kerala has received 37% excess rain water. In some parts it has been in excess of 84%.

The unprecedented rains have led to 37 of the 42 dams in the state running over the dangers mark, with gates being opened to drain excess water from catchment areas.

The Idduki dam has been releasing 10-15 lakh litres (1m-1.5m litres) of water every second for the last three days. The waters released caused the rivers to flood the adjoining areas.

Indian commuters travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala

SKY         News.

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