Saturday, August 18, 2018

India monsoon: Hundreds dead in Kerala floods as rescuers work to evacuate survivors.

Rescuers have used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed at least 320 people, with the actual death toll feared to be much higher.
Troops step up desperate rescue attempts in India's
 flood-stricken Kerala after more than 100 bodies
were found in just 24 hours.
With heavy rains stopping after a week, rescuers moved quickly to take those marooned by floods to 1500 state-run camps.

They used more than a dozen helicopters and about 400 boats across the state, relief officials said.

(Climate change? Well, yes and no. The monsoons have long been a regular pattern for India and in fact, are depended upon by many people because of that regularity and the life-giving rain they bring. Probably the only thing that could be attributed to climate change is the ferocity and intensity of the present event, and that intensity fits near perfectly with what the climate scientists have predicted - Robert McLean)

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