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