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India Steps Up Flood Relief Efforts as Death Toll Hits 336

  • Worst Kerala floods in a century force 845,000 people to camps
  • Stranded elderly, children airlifted from submerged homes
Rescue personnel in Annamanada village in Thrissur District on Aug. 19.

Rescue personnel in Annamanada village in Thrissur District on Aug. 19.

Photographer: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images

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India stepped up relief operations for the worst flood in a century in its southern state of Kerala, deploying additional rescue teams, helicopters and motorboats, as the number of dead mounted.

The number of evacuees at relief camps is growing as floods continue to ravage one of the country’s top tourist destinations. The death toll for the state stands at 336 since monsoons started in June, the disaster management control room said by phone. As many as 845,000 people have taken shelter at 3,700 camps.