INTERNATIONAL

Floods In Southern India

Floods have killed at least 100 people and displaced hundreds of thousands across much of India with the southern state of Kerala worst hit.

With rains predicted to worsen in coming days, the government ordered military teams to form rescue units and airlift food to stranded villages across Kerala.

At least 48 people have died since Thursday in floods in Kerala, where the beaches and hill resorts are a major international tourist magnet.

In neighbouring Karnataka, at least 24 people have been killed with nine people missing.

The western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat have also been badly hit by annual monsoon storms.

Media reports said at least 27 people have lost their lives in Maharashtra, with several major roads closed by floods. Storm accidents killed eight people in the key Gujarat cities of Ahmedabad and Nadiad.

The worst fears are for Kerala where the police spokesman said about 120,000 people have moved into emergency relief camps.

Schools and colleges in many parts of western and southern India have been shut since Monday and are unlikely to open this week.

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