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RPT-After flood, tourism in India's Kerala left mud-bound

Aug 28 2018

NEW DELHI/ALAPPUZHA, Aug 28 More than a week after the floodwater began subsiding, animal carcasses are still floating in Kerala's backwaters, and in places a nauseating stench rises like a wall when the wake from a passing boat breaks the surface. These inland lagoons running parallel to the coast are one of the biggest tourist draws in India's most southwesterly state, but the stain of death and devastation wrought by Kerala's worst flood in a century will take longer than a season to wash away. The quaint towns and villages scattered between the lush forests and paddy fields bordering the backwaters are now communities in despair.

After flood, tourism in India's Kerala left mud-bound

Aug 28 2018

NEW DELHI/ALAPPUZHA More than a week after the floodwater began subsiding, animal carcasses are still floating in Kerala's backwaters, and in places a nauseating stench rises like a wall when the wake from a passing boat breaks the surface.

More heavy rains likely in India's Kerala as flood death toll jumps

Aug 19 2018

(Corrects figure in 13th paragraph of Aug 18 story to say 200,000 people, not two million.) | Video

CORRECTED-India's Modi sees Kerala's plight as flood death toll climbs

Aug 19 2018

KOCHI, India, Aug 18 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the flood-ravaged state of Kerala more helicopters, boats and other equipment needed to evacuate tens of thousands of stranded people as he was given an aerial tour of stricken areas on Saturday. There are growing fears that the death toll, already in the hundreds, could escalate rapidly, with so many people still marooned, desperate for food and potable water.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-More heavy rains likely in India's Kerala as flood death toll jumps

Aug 19 2018

KOCHI, India, Aug 18 India deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned by the worst floods in a century in the southern state of Kerala, where the death toll of 186 people as of Saturday could rise fast as rains continue.

Worst floods in a century kill scores in India's Kerala

Aug 17 2018

KOCHI/BENGALURU, India The worst floods in a century in the Indian state of Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, officials said on Friday, with the toll expected to rise as heavy rain pushes water levels higher still. | Video

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