Kerala floods death toll rises to 164, break in rains allows choppers to rescue people on rooftops

Rescue workers used helicopters and boats to evacuate hundreds of people stranded on their home rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the Kerala where more than 160 people have died so far.

  • Published 17.08.18
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Flood victims are evacuated to safer areas in Kozhikode, Kerala. (AP)

New Delhi, August. 17 (Agencies): Rescue workers used helicopters and boats to evacuate hundreds of people stranded on their home rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the Kerala where more than 160 people have died so far.

With torrential rains stopping on Friday, thousands of rescuers worked quickly to shift the marooned people to 1,200 state-run camps where more than 1,50,000 people already have taken shelter.

Heavy rains over the past eight days had triggered flooding, landslides and home and road bridge collapses, severely disrupting air and train services in Kerala.

State officials have put the death toll at 164.

Cochin International airport, which suspended operations on August 16, after flooding, remained off the network.

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