Death toll rises to 93 in floods, mudslides in south India

In this handout photo provided by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), NDRF personnel help move flood victims to safer areas in Wayanad district, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Dozens of people have died and some 100,000 moved to relief camps following flash floods and mudslides caused by days of torrential rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala. (AP photo)

NEW DELHI — At least 93 people have been killed and more than 400,000 displaced in floods and mudslides caused by days of torrential rains in southern India.

The worst-hit has been the state of Kerala where the death toll rose to 57 by late Saturday, August 10, 2019, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tweeted.

This is an increase from 42 deaths reported from August 8. More than 165,000 people have left their homes for relief camps.

A news report says another 31 people have been killed in rain-related accidents in neighboring Karnataka while at least five are reported dead in Tamil Nadu state.

Kerala suffered catastrophic floods a year ago when heavy downpours killed 223 people and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes. (AP)


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