By: Kyle James | 08-17-2018 | News
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India - Monsoon Season Kills 106 As Floods Sweep Kerala (Video)

The monsoon season of India is proving an especially fatal one this year as torrential rains hamper rescue efforts in flooded Kerala. The devastating flooding has left nearly 150,000 residents without homes and at least 106 have been confirmed dead. The state government said the fatalities were mostly due to landslide debris.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vehicles floating on the road due to heavy flooding in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Wayanad</a> Kerala <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KeralaFloods</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) <a href="">August 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Rain is expected to continue and a red alert has been kept in place in Kerala. The main airport has also been shut down until at least August 26. Two varying reports, one from a state official and one from the Economic Times in India reported the death to be 106 and 114 respectively.

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The military has deployed hundreds of troops to help rescue those who are stranded by the flooding. Helicopters work alongside lifeboats in the nonstop rain and constant risk of danger due to shifting landslides. The government is urging residents to obey evacuation orders and is distributing food to tens of thousands of stranded and now homeless residents.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, "We're witnessing something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala. Almost all dams are now opened. Most of our water treatment plants are submerged. Motors are damaged."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Indian Army has been deployed in massive numbers in flood-hit Kerala &amp; more manpower &amp; material is being pumped in. Soldiers are working round the clock to save lives &amp; property of those who are hit. Specialist columns of Corps of Engineers widely deployed. Army doctors active. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Major Gaurav Arya (@majorgauravarya) <a href="">August 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. <br><br>Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding. <a href="">@CMOKerala</a></p>&mdash; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="">August 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Chief Minister chided the neighboring state government of Tamil Nadu for not releasing water from a dam that made the flooding worse. Kerala's commercial capital of Kochi is also severely flooded causing failures of roads and railways across the popular tourist destination.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A family asking for help from a place near aluva kerala <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; amiswar (@amiswar1) <a href="">August 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Anonymous No. 34282 2018-08-18 : 08:46

Parts of India people are killing over bottled water due to drought, yet others are dying by the hundreds by floods.. is this due to extreme weather or poor, outdated infrastructure?

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