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Death Toll in Kerala Floods Rises to 324 Incessant rains and landslides, the worst in 100 years, have caused much damage with heavy rains forecast till Sunday

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THE death toll in the devastating floods and landslides in Kerala has risen to 324 with a red alert issued for 13 of the 14 districts in the state.

Incessant rains and landslides, the worst in 100 years, have caused much damage with heavy rains forecast till Sunday. Over 200,000 people are now in more than 1500 relief camps that are functioning in the state.

“All districts apart from Kasargod are under red alert. The Meteorological Department warns that heavy rains may affect these 13 districts. Everyone please be cautious”, a tweet from the Kerala Chief Minister’s office said.

The central government has deployed its armed forces with the Air Force, Navy and Army teams helping in rescue and relief efforts.

Slideshow: Kerala Floods – The Rescue Mission

The National Disaster Response Force has also rushed in additional teams to Kerala after Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan requested for more help.

Kochi airport has been shut till Sunday and videos shot by a recce team showed much of the airport under water, including the operational area and some parked aircraft.

The state’s electricity board has cut power supply as a preventive measure which means much of the state is without power.

Volunteers, non-government agencies, and fishermen have come forward to participate in the rescue and relief efforts with boats being sent from Tamil Nadu too.

Tech giant Google has released a live map of the resources available for rescue and relief operations in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the state to do an aerial survey and take stock of the measures being undertaken on the ground.

#KeralaFloods: AS IT HAPPENED

Coast Guard Rescue

IAF’s Rescue and Relief Efforts

Operation Madad

Relief Material Being Sent

Indian Navy’s Birds

Dramatic Rescue

Submerged Kochi Airport

Fishermen to the Rescue

Floating Cars

Fishing in Flood Waters

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