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AFP
August 14, 2019

India monsoon floods kill more than 200

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AFP
August 14, 2019

NEW DELHI: The death toll from India’s monsoon floods climbed to 202 on Tuesday as heavy rainfall kept pounding coastal regions in the west and south.

Authorities have already moved more than 1.2 million people to relief camps. The southern tourist hotspot of Kerala, which was hit by its worst floods in almost a century last year leaving 450 dead, was once again bearing the brunt of monsoon downpours.

"The death toll in the state has increased to 88... and there are still at least 40 people missing," Pramod Kumar, Kerala police spokesman, told AFP. More than 250,000 people across the state’s worst-affected districts including Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode have been shifted to relief camps.

A state government official told AFP that 16 people were still missing in Karnataka but the situation had improved as rains had eased. "We have rescued around 677,000 people in the last few days and think the water level will start dropping in another 24-48 hours," the official said.

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