Over 150 dead due to Kerala floods

Staff Writer

Colombo (News 1st) – The worst floods in a century in Kerala have killed 164 people and forced more than 200,000 into relief camps, with more misery expected as heavy rain pushes water levels higher.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to visit the southwest state today as its chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he was hoping the military could beef up support in the rescue effort which is already using dozens of helicopters and hundreds of boats.

Kerala is a major destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.