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Kerala Floods: Rescue operations underway as rain abates

Updated : August 20, 2018 12:02 PM IST

Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued and officials pleaded for more help from relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Torrential rain finally let up in flood-hit Kerala on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, but authorities feared an outbreak of disease among around 725,000 people crammed into relief camps.

Incessant downpours since August 8 have caused the worst floods in a century in the southwestern state, and close to 200 people have perished in the rising waters and landslides.

The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall in only one or two parts of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts.

Using boats and helicopters, India's military led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days, with many trapped on roofs and upper floors, in desperate need of food and clean water.

Image Source: Reuters, Associated Press (AP), IANS

Idukki: Security personnel at flood affected areas, to carry out rescue operation in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel at flood affected areas, to carry out rescue operation in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel at flood affected areas, to carry out rescue operation in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel at flood affected areas, to carry out rescue operation in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel carry out rescue operation in flood affected areas in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel carry out rescue operation in flood affected areas in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel carry out rescue operation in flood affected areas in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Idukki: Security personnel carry out rescue operation in flood affected areas in Idukki, Kerala, on Aug 10, 2018.(Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Kerala: NDRF teams carrying out rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of Kerala on Aug 11, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: NDRF teams carrying out rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of Kerala on Aug 11, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: NDRF teams carrying out rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of Kerala on Aug 11, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: NDRF teams carrying out rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas of Kerala on Aug 11, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Flood affected people are rescued in a tractor, right as volunteers go for rescue work in a truck, left, at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
Flood affected people are rescued in a tractor, right as volunteers go for rescue work in a truck, left, at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
People wait to be rescued in a country boat in a flooded area at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
People wait to be rescued in a country boat in a flooded area at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
People move past a flooded area in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo)
People move past a flooded area in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo)
In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 photo, an elderly woman is evacuated towards safer area in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo)
In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 photo, an elderly woman is evacuated towards safer area in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo)
People salvage motorcycles in a country boat in a flooded area at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
People salvage motorcycles in a country boat in a flooded area at Kainakary in Alappuzha district, Kerala state, India, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. (AP Photo/Tibin Augustine)
People wait for aid next to makeshift raft at a flooded area in Kerala, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
People wait for aid next to makeshift raft at a flooded area in Kerala, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Kochi: Indian Navy's replenishment tanker - INS Deepak reaches Kochi and is disembarking rations, fresh water and mineral water as part of relief work for Kerala floods, at South Jetty Naval Base; on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Kochi: Indian Navy's replenishment tanker - INS Deepak reaches Kochi and is disembarking rations, fresh water and mineral water as part of relief work for Kerala floods, at South Jetty Naval Base; on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Kochi: Rescue operations underway in Kochi, Kerala on Aug 18, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Kochi: Rescue operations underway in Kochi, Kerala on Aug 18, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai: Indian Navy rushes fleet replenishment tanker - INS Deepak to Kochi with 8 Lakh litres of drinking water as part of relief work for Kerala floods, from Mumbai on Aug 18, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Mumbai: Indian Navy rushes fleet replenishment tanker - INS Deepak to Kochi with 8 Lakh litres of drinking water as part of relief work for Kerala floods, from Mumbai on Aug 18, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A supply truck transporting boats to flooded areas moves through a water-logged road in Aluva in Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
A supply truck transporting boats to flooded areas moves through a water-logged road in Aluva in Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Rescuers help a woman to move through a water-logged road after she was evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva in Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Rescuers help a woman to move through a water-logged road after she was evacuated from a flooded area in Aluva in Kerala, India, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V
Kerala: Rescue operations underway in Kerala's flood affected districts of Alleppey and Pittanamthita, on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: Rescue operations underway in Kerala's flood affected districts of Alleppey and Pittanamthita, on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: Rescue operations underway in Kerala's flood affected districts of Alleppey and Pittanamthita, on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: Rescue operations underway in Kerala's flood affected districts of Alleppey and Pittanamthita, on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: Rescue operations underway in Kerala's flood affected districts of Alleppey and Pittanamthita, on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: Rescue operations underway in Kerala's flood affected districts of Alleppey and Pittanamthita, on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kochi: Indian Navy's replenishment tanker - INS Deepak reaches Kochi and is disembarking rations, fresh water and mineral water as part of relief work for Kerala floods, at South Jetty Naval Base; on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Kochi: Indian Navy's replenishment tanker - INS Deepak reaches Kochi and is disembarking rations, fresh water and mineral water as part of relief work for Kerala floods, at South Jetty Naval Base; on Aug 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/DPRO)
Kerala: Army personnel help an old women at flood affected area, in Kerala, on Aug 17, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
Kerala: Army personnel help an old women at flood affected area, in Kerala, on Aug 17, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A boy cries as he sits in a boat after being rescued by volunteers with others from a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
A boy cries as he sits in a boat after being rescued by volunteers with others from a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Volunteers reach in a boat to rescue stranded people from a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Volunteers reach in a boat to rescue stranded people from a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
An elderly woman is rescued in a cooking utensil after her home was flooded in Thrissur, Kerala state, India, Thursday, Aug.16, 2018. Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed dozens of people in the past week, officials said. (AP Photo/K.K.Najeeb)
An elderly woman is rescued in a cooking utensil after her home was flooded in Thrissur, Kerala state, India, Thursday, Aug.16, 2018. Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed dozens of people in the past week, officials said. (AP Photo/K.K.Najeeb)
Published : August 20, 2018 11:53 AM IST
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