Flood Ravages India.
About 164 people have been killed and more than 200,000 others forced to relief camps after the worst flood in a century in the Indian state of Kerala, officials said today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to visit the southwest state later today as its chief minister said he was hoping the military could step up help for the rescue effort which is already using dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats.
“I spoke to the defense 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 worst-hit places.
“In some areas, airlifting is the only option thousands are still marooned.”
The floods which began nine days ago has claimed 164 peoples lives some in landslides – with about 223,000 people forced into 1,568 relief camps.
Kerala is a major destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.
The airport in the main commercial city of Kochi has been flooded and operations suspended until Aug. 26 with flights being diverted to two other airports in the state.
The office of the chief minister said heavy rain was falling in some places on Friday.
More showers are expected over the weekend.
Modi said on Twitter he would travel to Kerala “to take stock of the unfortunate situation”.