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Deadly Floods in Kerala, India

Kerala, India —(Map)

The southern Indian state of Kerala is having its worst floods in over 100 years. The floods have killed hundreds of people and forced over 300,000 others into emergency camps. Tens of thousands of people are cut off by water and are still waiting for help.

Kerala flooding -An image from Kuzhur Village
300,000 people have made it safely to emergency camps.
But many people are still stuck on the upper floors of buildings.
(Source: Arunvrparavur, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Kerala, India gets monsoon rains from June to September every year. Monsoons are winds that bring lots of rain when they move over warm land from cooler oceans. The winds and the rain they bring can last for months.

But the rain that this year’s monsoon has brought is far more than the normal amount. In the last couple of weeks, the amount of rain in Kerala has been 37% higher than normal. In some parts of Kerala, it’s been as high as 457% above normal.

Flooding has hit 12 out of 14 districts in Kerala. This map from last week shows flooding in only eight districts.
Flooding has hit 12 out of 14 districts in Kerala.
This map from last week shows flooding in only eight districts.
(Source: Vaikunda Raja, from Wikimedia Commons.)

The huge amount of rain has caused flooding and landslides all through Kerala. Tens of thousands of homes have been ruined. Over 6,000 miles of roads have been damaged or destroyed. Whole cities have been cut off by water. Many people are stuck on the roofs or upper floors of buildings, and are waiting for help.

The leader of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, told reporters, “We’re witnessing [seeing] something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala.”

Rescue workers have been trying to save people who are stuck.
Many people have been offering to help in other ways.

The army, along with other rescue workers, has used boats and helicopters to try to save people who are trapped by the water. The government said that over 82,000 people were saved on Friday. The rescue work has been harder because the rains have not stopped.

A school turned into an emergency camp for flood victims.
This school has been turned into a camp for people who had to leave their homes.
There are over 2,000 camps like this.
(Source: Arunvrparavur, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Over 2,000 camps have been set up to take care of people forced from their homes. More than 300,000 people have reached the camps. Most camps are crowded and still need many supplies.

The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, flew to Kerala on Saturday and looked at the flooded area from the air. He has promised more help for Kerala.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi views flooded area from the air.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked at the flooded area from the air.
He has promised more help for Kerala.
(Source: Prime Minister’s Office, Government of India, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Normally, Kerala is popular with tourists. It is famous for its beaches and scenery. Now tourists are being told to stay away. Kerala’s large farms that grow tea, coffee, spices, and rubber have been hit hard by the floods.

The government of India has set up a special page for people who want give money to help people affected by the floods. There is also a special website for people trying to give help or get help inside of India.

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