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Kerala battered by worst floods, 324 killed so far

Kerala has been ravaged by the worst floods in a century, which so far killed 324 people over the last nine days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.
Over two lakh people have been displaced.

“Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years. 80 dams opened, 324 lives lost and 223139 people are in about 1500+ relief camps”, a tweet from Chief Minster’s Office, Kerala stated.

The state’s crisis has deepened yesterday with several hospitals facing shortage of oxygen and fuel stations running dry.

Rescue efforts have been progressing on a war footing. Till now, 42 Navy, 16 Army, 28 Coast Guard and 39 National Disaster Relief Force teams have been engaged in rescue operations and more teams are expected to reach shortly.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly reached Kerala yesterday and today he along with Mr Vijayan will make an aerial survey of the worst affected districts.

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(Photo credit: CRPF jawans evacuating tribals stuck due to flood and landslide in Nelliyampathi, Kerala. Photo taken from CRPF twitter account).

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